Glycolic acid skin care products are considered to be the most effective of the alpha hydroxy acids -AHA's- primarily because they can penetrate the skin so well, exfoliating away dead skin cells that increases the production of healthy skin cells.
Glycolic acid is a natural organic acid that is primarily extracted from sugar cane and beets.
In addition to the current use of alpha hydroxy lotion as an anti-aging treatment, glycolic acid products has a long history as an extremely effective treatment for acne.
In addition to the wide range of rejuvenating attributes which include stimulating cell turnover which, over time, will reveal younger, healthier looking skin, glycolic acid has the wonderful beneficial side effect of inhibiting the outbreak of acne and blemishes!
Glycolic acid treatments involving concentrations over 15% should be administered by a professional.
Lighter skin peels performed in a spa will have a concentration of up to 20% to 30%.
The higher concentrations are used for deeper skin peels under the supervision of a Physician because as the term "peel" suggests, high concentrations of glycolic acid is literally intended to peel off the outermost layer of skin in order to diminish the appearance of age spots, hyperpigmentation, scarring, fine lines and wrinkles.
If you intend to incorporate a chemical exfoliation treatment into your daily skin care regime be sure to give your skin a rest every month or so because the capacity of skin cells to renew themselves isn't infinite.