Chemical exfoliation is a scary thought for most. I think Sex and The City’s Samantha ruined the idea for women all over America. To ease your worries, I’m here today to educate you on an actual form of a chemical exfoliation that EVERYONE can use. From the darkest skin tones to those that suffer from Rudolph red nose syndrome, lactic acid will treat you right. A member of the alpha hydroxy acid family, lactic acid not only sloughs off dead skin, but hydrates as well. The molecules in lactic are larger so it does not penetrate as deep as other acids, making it less aggressive and irritating than other exfoliating acids. Exfoliation is key when it comes to anti-aging, so if you have been tortured over starting with “big girl skincare”, you can take a breather, educate yourself with this article, and enjoy the benefits of lactic without turning in to a hot Sex and The City mess.
5 Things You Didn’t Know About Lactic Acid Peels
1. Lactic is an acid derived from milk, the uses have dated all the way back to when Cleopatria used to take milk baths for soft skin. This hydrating acid is gentle enough to use for exfoliation on all skin types.
2. Lactic is considered a humectant which means it draws moisture from the air into your skin for hydration. Lactic exfoliates by loosening the glue that holds the old skin cells to the new skin cells. When applied, the old cells shed faster than they normally would, forcing new cells to come to the surface. This process gives you a more even tone and texture as well as stimulates collagen growth.
3. Since it is one of the more gentle acids, there are really no side effects to the treatment, you should of course tho consult with your provider before using lactic acid.
4. I perform a lot of latic acid peels here in the office, the strength is higher than you are allowed to use in home and I think it gives a super glowy appearance. I also am a fan of Circ-Cell’s “Dew” toner, a 5% lactic base lifts dull skin for an all over refreshed look.
5. Lactic acid is actually in our bodies and is released during activities like working out and massages. The best way to reap the benefits for your skin though, is to apply it topically through in-office peels or at home products.
Editors note: Have you tried a lactic acid peel before or have any questions about Lactic Acid? Send your thoughts via the comments below and Rachel will answer all of your skin care questions!
About the Author:
Rachel Kwall is a highly specialized medical esthetician for plastic surgeon, Dr. Peter Geldner at the Geldner Center in the ritzy Streeterville area of Chicago. She has spent many years in the field perfecting how to do treatments like microneedling, chemical peels, photofacials and much more. Rachel services everyone from the socialites of Chicago to the girl next door and prides herself on making her patients happy and comfortable. Rachel will take the time to educate and answer all questions you might have, she is definitely the go to girl for getting your glow on.