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What is a glycolic peel?

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A glycolic peel is a form of chemical peel that uses glycolic acid to slough off dead skin. Glycolic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid and is one of the mildest forms of chemical peel.

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Glycolic acid peels are recommended for fine wrinkles, discoloration and mild acne. Because glycolic acid is very mild, it is not effective as a peel for deep wrinkles or severe acne. These skin conditions require a harsher chemical peel; common peels for these conditions include beta hydroxy acids such as salicylic acid. Retinoic acid and phenol are ingredients in the strongest forms of chemical peel.

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