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How to Do an At Home Glycolic Acid Peel

Posted on 16th May 2012 @ 6:02 PM

before and after Glycolic Acid Peel

BEFORE & AFTER * Results may require several applications

Exfoliants such as AHAs (alpha-hydroxy acids) have been shown to lighten darken areas of the skin. Glycolic acid is derived from sugar cane and is used as an ingredient in skin-lightening products in low concentrations. It is the smallest alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) and is both colorless and odorless.

Glycolic acid is the most commonly recognized chemical peel solution, probably due to the fact that it is beneficial to all skin types regardless of gender, age or ethnicity.

Glycolic acid may also be used as a peeling agent in concentrations of 30-70% . Chemical peels done with glycolic acid removes the epidermis (top layer of the skin), thus enhancing the penetration of hydroquinone and other lightening agents.

The first thing to do is to decide of you will be doing a Light, Medium or Deep peel.

Light Peel is 10% - 30%
Medium Peel is 30% – 50%
Deep Peel is 50% - 70%


It is recommended that those new to at home peels, or those with very sensitive skin, start with a Light peel.

WARNING!!!! For stronger solutions of glycolic acid, it is best that you dilute the solution or have it done by a professional at a clinic.    

A 70% glycolic acid solution can melt a plastic container!  That is how strong the acid is. A Deep Peel may often cause stinging and redness. Use with CAUTION !!!  

Please see our instructions under How to Dilute a Glycolic Acid Solution



  • Wash your face thoroughly with a transparent cleanser. Do not use any cream cleaners or face washes that will leave residue.
  • Apply a small amount of the glycolic peel solution to a thin cotton pad.

  • Apply the solution in a thin layer to your skin. Be sure to avoid the immediate eye area, lips and inside the nostrils

  • You may need to reapply more solution to the cotton pad several times in order to complete the entire face or treated area. The skin should not be dripping wet, but just damp with the solution

  • Leave on skin for 5-10 minutes depending on the strength you are using. The lower the strength the longer you can keep it on (maximum 10 minutes, the higher the strength do not leave it on for more than 5 minutes)

  • Apply a p H neutralizer (witch hazel works fine) to stop the action of the acid.

  • Wash face thoroughly with cool water only for about 30 seconds

  • Gently pat the face dry with a soft towel

  • Moisturize the skin often as needed and always wear a minimum of SPF 30 to protect the skin during the day.

  • Repeat peels every 2-3 weeks as necessary to attain significant lightening and maintain clear, supple skin


Tip: If you are doing a full body exfoliation it is easier to apply the glycolic or lactic acid with a damp bath sponge.The sponge is much bigger than a cotton pad and absorbs the chemical peel solution better. This method saves time and makes the application faster. 


By ordering Glycolic Acid you agree to the following statements.
This is a legal and binding agreement.

1. I understand any and all hazards associated with the usage of Glycolic Acid and will procure and read any necessary literature required to be educated and informed about its usage and necessary precautions and dangers.

2. I agree to be completely and solely responsible for any and all injuries or damage to myself, others and property associated with usage of Glycolic Acid and I take full responsibility for proper storage and safety precautions for myself and any person who may come in contact with the Glycolic Acid I am purchasing.

3. I agree not to hold ProDerma Light, their employees or owners responsible for any injuries, damage or misuse that result from the usage of Glycolic Acid by myself or anyone I allow to use or handle the Glycolic Acid I am purchasing.

4. I am a legal adult above the age of 18.

5. I am not procuring Glycolic Acid for the manufacturing of any illegal substances or for any other illegal activities. Nor will I provide or make available to anyone the Glycolic Acid I am purchasing so that it can be used in manner that would be illegal, or considered dangerous. I understand that I am responsible for proper labeling of products I create for resale using this Glycolic Acid.

6. I understand that the seller, ProDerma Light, reserves the right to discontinue the sale of Glycolic Acid to me for any reason and understand that a previous sale does not guarantee the right to future sales.

7. I understand and will comply with FDA guidelines and take complete responsibility for safe use and final pH of any products I use or sell.

8. Glycolic Acid does not create or become a new or different molecule over time, so it does not change into something else as it ages. It can only degrade over a long period of time (several years), losing effectiveness when exposed to atmospheric changes. (Temps greater than 140 F and lower than 68 F)

9. Although all products are required to list a shelf life, Glycolic acid does not really have a defined shelf life and can maintain its pH indefinitely if stored properly.