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Similar to glycolic acid peels, lactic acid peels are alpha hydroxy acids (AHA). Derived from milk, they are very mild chemical peels with little to no downtime. Because lactic acid is a natural human metabolite, there is less chance of an allergic reaction with this type of peel. Therefore, they are a good choice for first-time peel users or for those with sensitive skin. However, dry or oily skin types can also use this peel and get good results. Lactic acid is especially good for to use for mature skin.
Its benefits are numerous. Lactic Acid is a gentle but rapid exfoliator. It stimulates the skin to produce collagen. It is more moisturizing than Salicylic or Glycolic Acid Peels and there is less potential for allergic reactions with this peel. Lactic Acid's unique ability to draw moisture towards the surface of the skin makes it ideal for individuals whose skin dries out easily. Lactic Acid is also typically better for working on hyperpigmentation issues.
Like with all chemical peels, lactic acid peels take time to work. People tend to expect their skin to show drastic improvements right after they get a peel done, but these improvements don't happen the next day. And just because your skin doesn't look any different immediately after you get a peel, it doesn't mean the peel didn't work. Your skin continues to get better in the days following the peel.
For certain skin issues, like fading dark marks and erasing fine lines, it will take multiple chemical peel treatments to see results. 1-2 treatments for 6-8 weeks will usually give you optimal results. Again, these results will depend on your skin, the strength of the peel, the frequency of the peel, and how well you take care of your skin post-peel.
Because lactic acid peels tend to be mild, they can be safely used 1-2 times per week. However, it depends on your skin, the strength of the lactic acid peel, and what other products you are using. For example, if you are using retinoids, it would be smart to not be as aggressive with lactic acid peels because your skin is already getting a strong dose of exfoliation.
Ingredients: High Purity Lactic Acid, Deionized Water. (pH 3.0)