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What is the difference between Glycolic & Lactic Acid

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Mon Feb 21, 2011 9:31 am      Reply with quote
This past year, I have changed my daily method of skin care. I thought with the use of Clarisonic, prescribed RetinA, Vitamin C serum only was enough for me.
I've cut out of using physical scrubs, enzyme scrubs, Juice Beauty peel, and getting regular microdermabrasion and IPL facials.

After a year, I can see that I still need some sort of good exfoliation to maintain good skin tone, I find that my skin is dull and those tiny red lines on my nose is back.

I met someone very briefly who has beautiful skin. She told me that she gets regular peels done professionally. She said it made a huge difference. She also suggested that I use those Olay peels, but when I went to the drug store, I didn't know which one to purchase. There seem to be different variety of peels from Olay.

Since Kate Somerville scrubs & Deep Tissue Repair with Peptide did really well for me in the past, and Juice Beauty peel, also an enzyme scrub, I want to use all of that again, but there is so many products to use.

I would like to narrow it down.
Now, Kate Sommerville has these new lactic acid peels & glycolic peel. What is the difference between the two? Juice Beauty peel has BHA. How do I decide which I should use for an aging acne prone person who is now suffering from dull skin?

Then, what is peptide? Is that what help fade those tiny red lines I have on my nose?

Please help me save my skin & get back that luminous skin I had without using so many products.

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Mon Feb 21, 2011 2:56 pm      Reply with quote
Makeupartistschoice.com has some good descriptions on the different acids for peels. Lactic is more mild and hydrating than glycolic acid. BHA is salicylic acid, which is normally used for oily/acne skins, though I think there have been some studies showing it has an effect on aging skin. I think it is a personal choice, and trial and error to see which peel works well on your own skin.

Peptides are usually used for wrinkles. Whether they work or not is up for debate. This may help you understand them though. http://thedermblog.com/2008/06/23/do-peptides-in-skin-care-products-work/
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Thanks riley! I certainly felt overwhelmed with all these products. I am glad to know that I was able to see that my skin still need extra help. I want to try one of those peels and maybe that would be enough.

Is anyone in the same situation as myself where you found out that you can't live without additional exfoliation but you are tired of all the extra products you have to use?

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Fri Mar 11, 2011 9:13 am      Reply with quote
Yeah I agree... it's just so time consuming to add like 5 different products. I just prefer to use an AHA cream now so I can just put moisturizing and exfoliation into one step and save time.
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Fri Mar 11, 2011 10:55 pm      Reply with quote
Defintely go for lactic acid if you want extra hydration and a gentler peel/exfoliation. Glycolic is a good basic AHA from sugar and salicylic is great for purifying your pores from oil and debris but the best overall acid/resurfacer IMO is TCA. Very Happy

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Sat Mar 12, 2011 12:10 am      Reply with quote
yes, sometimes i found Glycolic acid is too strong, i got my skin burn for couple time.

lactic acid is better.
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Sat Mar 12, 2011 4:45 am      Reply with quote
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Defintely go for lactic acid if you want extra hydration and a gentler peel/exfoliation. Glycolic is a good basic AHA from sugar and salicylic is great for purifying your pores from oil and debris but the best overall acid/resurfacer IMO is TCA. Very Happy


I'm a fan of Lactic Acid Peels - Lactic Acid is actually considered good for the skin and it's already present in our bodies. I use the 65% one from Makeupartistschoice.

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Thu Apr 14, 2011 12:14 pm      Reply with quote
Keliu wrote:

I'm a fan of Lactic Acid Peels - Lactic Acid is actually considered good for the skin and it's already present in our bodies. I use the 65% one from Makeupartistschoice.


What is your skin type? I found that a 30% glycolic had no effect but the 50% glycolic gave me skin burns on areas prone to hormonal break out such as chin and nose.

I also have rosacea. So I want to try a Lactic Acid peel because I am hoping for something gentler (with no burning) and hydrating, but I have no idea what strength I should try. Since you use 65% I am wondering what your skin type is (sensitive? was glycolic too harsh for you?).

Thanks!
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Keliu wrote:

I'm a fan of Lactic Acid Peels - Lactic Acid is actually considered good for the skin and it's already present in our bodies. I use the 65% one from Makeupartistschoice.


What is your skin type? I found that a 30% glycolic had no effect but the 50% glycolic gave me skin burns on areas prone to hormonal break out such as chin and nose.

I also have rosacea. So I want to try a Lactic Acid peel because I am hoping for something gentler (with no burning) and hydrating, but I have no idea what strength I should try. Since you use 65% I am wondering what your skin type is (sensitive? was glycolic too harsh for you?).

Thanks!


My skin can be sensitive - high percentage glycolic skin creams can be aggravating, although I have no trouble with Retin-A.

I find the 65% Lactic Acid stings like hell when I apply it!! I only leave it on for three minutes and have never had any bad after effects. However, if you're at all worried, I would start off with a milder acid and work your way up.

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Fri Apr 15, 2011 7:21 am      Reply with quote
Would Mandelic Acid peel be even better for a sensitive skin?

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Fri Apr 15, 2011 8:10 am      Reply with quote
RussianSunshine wrote:
Would Mandelic Acid peel be even better for a sensitive skin?


Yes, mandelic peels can be a bit gentler, but as always, it depends on your skin
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Fri Apr 15, 2011 8:11 am      Reply with quote
Keliu wrote:

My skin can be sensitive - high percentage glycolic skin creams can be aggravating, although I have no trouble with Retin-A.

I find the 65% Lactic Acid stings like hell when I apply it!! I only leave it on for three minutes and have never had any bad after effects. However, if you're at all worried, I would start off with a milder acid and work your way up.


Ah, Ok, so maybe I should try a 50% Lactic. Thank you!

Hi RussianSunshine! I tried Mandelic acid peels but I didn't like them. They just didn't seem compatible with my skin. They either didn't do anything or just irritated my skin.
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