What is Glycolic Acid and Where Does it Come From?
Glycolic acid is a natural ingredient derived from sugar cane, though it is now often made synthetically. It falls into the set of ingredients called AHA'S, or alpha hydroxy acids. There are five ingredients that fall into the AHA category, which glycolic (sugar cane), lactic (milk), citric (oranges and lemons), malic (apples and pears) and tartaric acids (grapes).
Glycolic acid is probably the most common alpha hydroxy acid and has the reputation of being one of the safest forms of alpha hydroxy acid.
What Does Glycolic Acid Do for my Skin?
Glycolic Acid is an exfoliator. It safely removes the outer layer of dead skin cells on the surface your skin, bring fresh new skin to the surface. This is beneficial for those who are looking for ingredients that help with anti-aging. Glycolic acid can also help lighten discoloration of the skin, such as sun spots or age spots and help those with acne-prone and blackhead-prone skin.
WHAT is TCA?
Trichloracetic acid (TCA) peels are considered medium-depth peels. They reach slightly deeper into the skin than alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) peels–and thus often produce stronger results.
How Does a TCA Peel Work?
TCA is a skin-resurfacing treatment: it removes dead skin cells, uncovering a "new" layer of skin that appears smoother and more vibrant. As a result, it softens fine lines, minimizes superficial "age" spots and other skin discolorations, and generally improves the tone and texture of your skin. TCA peels are also very popular for diminishing the appearance of acne scars.Within a few days after treatment, your skin will tighten and darken–and then begin peel for the next 4 to 7 days–at which point the tighter, smoother and more youthful-looking layer of skin will emerge.
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