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How to Dilute a Glycolic Acid Peel – 5 Steps to Lessen the Strength of the Solution

Having a beautiful skin can add to ones self-confidence. There are different kinds of skin care treatments that can help improve the appearance and condition of the skin. One of them is the glycolic peel. This method involves the application of glycolic acid on the skin so as to draw out impurities to make the skin texture looks better. The glycolic peel can also help stimulate our skin to repair itself after acne break outs and sun damage. Although glycolic peel is very effective, we have to avoid its side effects like burning and redness. It is therefore necessary to dilute the glycolic acid peel especially if your skin is very sensitive. By diluting it, we can reduce some of its adverse effects and have less damage of the skin.

Dilute a Glycolic Acid Peel

Dilute a Glycolic Acid Peel

Step # 1: Prepare the materials for dilution.

Be ready with the materials that you will need like glycolic acid, water, bowl and measuring cup. These are essential instruments to make the process work.

Step # 2: Mix water and glycolic acid.

Pour an equal portion of water and glycolic acid in a bowl and stir well until they are fully combined. If you think a 50% strength solution is too strong you can add an additional percentage of water to lower the strength of glycolic acid. A ½ cup of water and a ¼ cup of glycolic acid will create a 25% strength solution only. Don’t forget to stir well.

Step # 3: Test the diluted glycolic acid.

You can test the diluted glycolic acid by applying a small patch on a part of your clean skin. Leave it for 10 minutes before rinsing it off. If there is redness, flaking or itching felt you can dilute further. Dilution can help especially to those with sensitive skin, however according to Dr. Eric F. Bernstein, director of the Centers for Cosmetic Laser Surgery in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, a 10% glycolic acid solution is not so effective.

Step # 4: Apply the diluted glycolic peel.

Clean your skin first before applying the diluted glycolic peel to your skin and be sure to follow the directions accordingly. The feeling of stinging sensation is just but normal and expect it to go away within 2 hours after applying. Be aware that the skin may be more sensitive for the next several days especially to the heat of the sun and expect the skin to be more prone to sunburn. Anyway this is a normal side effect of the product.

Step #5: Consider all other aspects connected to the use of the diluted glycolic acid peel.

You must use sunscreen after having a glycolic peel. If there are no visible results from the use of glycolic acid peels at home, consult your doctor. They may know the reason and they have access to stronger glycolic acid peels which are known to be more effective. Discontinue the use of the peel if there is swelling, flaking of the skin, blistering or the peel causes intense pain. Mild irritation and stinging are normal after effect but not severe pain. According to the American Institute of Plastic Surgeons only licensed professionals should perform glycolic peels.

These are tips to take note of when diluting glycolic acid peels. It is a simple knowledge of proportions and you will get by with the process.

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