Looking for glycolic peels gone wrong, horror stories and problems? You may have read a couple of people’s bad experiences with glycolic acid facials but there’s a problem when it comes to these isolated instances. Tens of thousands of people have used glycolic acid peels without any problems and over the years I’ve come to understand why a handful of people are ranting about how a glycolic acid peel destroyed their faces when they are really over-reacting in the first place.
Many of the glycolic peel horror stories I’ve read all mentioned the same thing without fail: a redness of skin and a rawness where it hurts a little when you touch it or stretch your skin. Some complain about brown-ish blotches or scabs. Many over-react and claimed that their glycolic facial has gone really wrong. First of all, it’s important to understand the glycolic acid side effects before you go into a panic.
You WILL get red skin and brown-ish scabs or blotches. It IS a natural part of a glycolic acid peel especially if you are using a higher concentration of glycolic acid. This is inevitable because the top layers of your skin are shedding to reveal the pink-ish new skin underneath. Don’t you want new, fresh glowy skin? Then, don’t panic. Take a breath and relax, because the redness will pass with time.
Pay extra attention to these post glycolic peel tips because you want to make sure that your skin is not prevented from healing. Many people do glycolic peels and then get direct sun exposure without sunblock or they use glycolic products or makeup soon after the peel… no wonder their skin doesn’t recover and look better!
A glycolic acid peel is really quite a safe beauty procedure because its not a deep peel. Glycolic acid doesn’t penetrate deeply into the skin and the side-effects of redness are often temporary. Can one be allergic to glycolic acid? Yes, but this is quite rare. In any case there are 2 simple steps you can take to absolutely make sure that nothing will ever go wrong.
1. Do a spot test. Take a drop or two of the glycolic acid solution and apply it to one side of your cheeks, near the jawline. Just apply it on a small spot, not the whole cheek. This isn’t a highly visible area but it allows you to see how your skin will react to glycolic acid. Wait a few minutes according to the peel’s concentration and then remove the peel. Observe how your skin performs over the next 48 hours. If all is fine, you can proceed with the full glycolic facial peel.
2. Use a weaker glycolic acid concentration. If you are new to glycolic acid peels, don’t jump right in and start using glycolic peels of 50 to 70%. Your skin isn’t ready for such a high concentration. Start low at around 15% and then slowly build up resistance. Your skin will thank you for your caution.
If you follow these two steps, there’s literally no chance that you will have a horrible experience with glycolic peels. To be absolutely honest, glycolic acid peels are extremely safe even when you do them at home by your self. But if you still do not feel confident with doing at home glycolic peels, you can visit a qualified and well-rated dermatologist. Just bear in mind that its likely to be a lot more costlier.
To sum up, glycolic peel horror stories are mostly over-reactions by first-timer peelers and in the rare case that a glycolic peel does cause adverse reactions, it’s because of an inherent hyper-sensitivity to glycolic acid. This is something you can avoid with a spot test and weaker glycolic acid concentration.
So fear not and don’t worry about using glycolic acid peels!