At Home Chemical Peel - Effective?

Neastrata offers an over the counter "Skin Renewel Peel" that has 10% glycolic acid and 10% gluconolactone. It's not a cream or lotion but an actual solution. How strong is this peel compared to their AHA creams/lotions with the same concentrations and is the 10% comparable to a medical grade 10%. Also is it safe? Just curious if it can be used as a barometer to see if you can tolerate stronger glycolic peels. Or is it too mild to test your skins resolve?

Doctor Answers 4

Good at home maintenance "peel"

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The great thing about this type of peel is that it can be used as maintenance to the medical grade peel performed in doctor's offices. Glycolic peels, especially mild ones when used on a regular basis at home, definitely help with dyschromia and can prevent pigmentation to occur. While major and drastic changes may not occur, with this peel, skin remains softer and radiant for a longer period of time between your clinic peels. Important to note that you have take care of being exposed to the sun while one this. Sun protection is key!

Dubai Dermatologist

10% glycolic acid is a good exfoliator for at home use.

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The 10% glycolic acid peel is just an exfoliator.  It won't do much and is very safe if used appropriately.  Anything stronger than this should be done by docs with experience in the doc's office.

David Hansen, MD
Beverly Hills Dermatologic Surgeon
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Safety and effectiveness of an OTC 10% glycolic peel

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Glycolic acid (sometimes called "fruit acid") peels are widely used and generally quite safe if under 35%.  Most "medical grade" peels are 35 to 70% and need to be neutralized.  The 10% should be mildly effective for acne and early sundamage, but do not expect much "peeling" or miracles.

Stephen Mandy, MD
Miami Dermatologic Surgeon

Home Skin Peels

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Home skin peels purchased at your local store are likely safe.  However, I would be caution about peels purchased over the internet - especially if produced by an unrecognized brand or if advertising if they are equivalent to a medical peel.  All peels are different, but a 10% glycolic peel should be safe for you.  In our office, we offer a full range of glycolic, AHA and TCA based peels of various percentage strength.  The percentage is not the only consideration, as the solution or buffering can effect the actual effective strength as well.


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