What to Expect from a Lactic Peel

Lactic acid chemical peel is one of the gentlest chemical peels. Unlike a glycolic acid peel or a salicylic acid peel, a lactic acid peel is extra gentle and good for even the most sensitive skin. Just like other “lunch time peels”, lactic acid is part of the AHA or fruit acid group. But, unlike other fruit acids, lactic acid is derived from sour milk.



How to Use Lactic Acid Peel








So what can lactic acid and lactic peel do for you? Well, lactic acid peels help to remove germs, dead cells and toxins from the skin. People who have them done often report that their skin feels much smoother and looks more toned than before. Lactic acid peels are best for people who have very sensitive skin that might not be able to tolerate the slightly more intense glycolic acid peels. Although lactic acid peels are gentler, they usually provide many of the same benefits as the other peels, but in a less intense version.








 Lactic Acid Before and After in UK

A lactic acid peel can be performed at home with a store bought peel, or can be performed in a doctor at doctor's office. They come in a variety of strengths, the most common being 60%. However, lactic acid 80% solutions can also be used to treat mature skin and helps to reduce the look of wrinkles.







Lactic Acid 50% Chemical Peel


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As with other chemical peels, the lactic acid peel can provide a significant benefit to your skin. You can reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles and help to improve acne or oily skin. Even dry skin can benefit from a lactic acid peel, as it can restore PH and help the skin drink in moisture you provide (in the form of good-quality moisturizers).



This is often called a “starter peel” because the lactic acid peel is the most gentle of all the chemical peels and usually results in few if any side effects. Once people have successfully had lactic acid peels with no trouble, they sometimes move onto peels that are little more intense, such as a glycolic acid peel.



Lactic acid peels demand the same precautions as other peels. Be sure to use a good sunscreen for a few weeks after the peel. Your skin will be much more sensitive to the sun after a lactic acid peel. As well, if you have any itchiness or redness, be sure to report that back to your doctor or aesthetician, although most people report no side effects like that with this most gentle of all the peels.



Is lactic peel better than glycolic peel? Lactic acid and glycolic acid are two of the more common peel solutions. Because they can do similar things to your skin, it can be confusing to decide which one of these two chemical peels you should use. Texture wise, lactic acid is a thick (but not thick like honey), sticky, and yellowish solution while glycolic acid is a very watery, clear liquid. Lactic acid is more expensive, which is why lactic acid facials usually cost more. Both peels yield similar results, though lactic acid peels are less harsh and tend to fade hyperpigmentation better. If you are deciding between a glycolic acid peel and a lactic acid peel and don't know which to get, go with lactic acid if you have never gotten a peel before or if you have lots of dark marks you want to fade. Once you find you can tolerate lactic acid just fine, you can try glycolic acid the next time you get a peel.





 Lactic Acid: Before and After


 Lactic Acid Before and After




 What should a person expect from a lactic peel? Before the lactic acid peel solution is put on your skin, your skin will first be thoroughly cleansed. Facials oils will prevent the peel from effectively penetrating your skin, so often a prep solution will be applied before the peel to make sure your skin is clean, oil-free, and primed. After the peel is applied to your skin, the person giving you the peel will set a timer for when the peel should be neutralized. The longer the peel is left on your skin, the more penetrating and potentially irritating it will be. You generally work your way up to longer peel times and higher strength peels as you get more follow-up peels. During the lactic acid peel, your skin will feel warm and turn pink. This post-peel pink skin could last for a few hours or a few days. It's normal and will go away on its own, as long as you wear sunscreen, stay out of the sun, and avoid exfoliating or scrubbing your skin until after your skin heals. Lactic acid peels don't burn or make your skin physically peel unless they are at a really high concentration.




Is there any downtime? Unlike TCA peels or laser treatments, there isn't any significant downtime associated with lactic acid peels. Most people have their skin return to normal in 3-4 days, only experiencing some redness, dryness, and skin flaking in the first two days post-peel. This redness is annoying, but can easily be covered up with makeup. The short time it takes to recover from lactic acid peels is what makes it one of the more popular chemical peels out there.




Lactic acid peel side effects are not as pronounced as other stronger or deeper peels, but instructions and precautions for lactic acid peels are the same as the ones for glycolic acid peels, so please consult that section for more information.




When will you see results? 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 are 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 retinol, it would be smart to not be as aggressive with lactic acid peels because your skin is already getting a strong dose of exfoliation. Like glycolic acid peels, lactic acid peels are a great way to treat superficial skin damage. A lactic acid peel every 2-3 weeks will revitalize and brighten skin, keeping it young and healthy.







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