QUESTION: What is the difference between glycolic, lactic and salicylic acids? I am looking for a chemical peel for fairly deep-set wrinkles around eyes and mouth. Also what strength would you suggest I use? How many treatments are in 2 oz, 4 oz or 8 oz? I use Olay moisturizers and night creams, would these still be advisable with chemical peel regime? Any other information you think might be helpful to me will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
To answer your question, for deep set wrinkles you would want to go with a Glycolic Acid or Jessner Acid. The strongest peel we offer is the Jessner Peel it is designed for deep set wrinkle, severe acne scarring, and severe pigmentation damage! Glycolic Acid is the next strongest peel we offer. I recommend starting with a series of 40% or 50% Glycolic Acid Peel. A series usually consists of 4-5 peels. You can safely peel you skin every 7-10 day for your first couple of series, then 1-2 times a month after for maintenance. I don’t recommend starting with the Jessner Acid, you will get a better result if you start with a 40% or 50% Glycolic Acid Peel first. It is better to peel more often less severely than it is to peel more severely less often. The damage didn’t occur overnight so don’t expect it to be fixed overnight! Peeling is a process. You must go through the process to achieve maximum results. Lactic Acid is a more mild form of Glycolic Acid-they are both AHA’s Lactic Acid is designed for more sensitive skin types…so if you tend to have sensitive skin you would be better suited to use a Lactic Acid. Salicylic Acid is a superficial peel and best used to treat bacteria and acne. 2oz = about 6 peels, 4oz = about 12 & 8oz = about 20 peels. As far as your moisturizer goes if you are happy with them I say keep using them. I strongly recommend using a serum to assure your skin does not dehydrate though, as I am not sure how hydrating the Olay moisturizer you use is and I am not aware of the ingredients ratio. The Willow Herb Soothing Serum is what I suggest to my client for Post-Peel healing and hydrating! It works wonders.