Some people are more sensitive to AHA glycolic acid than others. People with high sensitivity to AHA glycolic acid can use fewer products and will achieve the same benefits as their counterparts who are less sensitive and require additional products. Less than 1% of the population are allergic to AHA glycolic acid.
Because it is impossible to predict how every individual will respond to AHA glycolic acid treatment, it is wise they begin slowly and increase product usage as the skin tolerates it. It may take a few weeks.
The outer stratum Corneum becomes thicker with age. The cosmetic Industry has taught us to moisturize thoroughly. These moisturizing agents act much like glue and hold more dead skin cells to the skin’s surface. Progressively it requires more and more moisture to keep this greatly thickened layer intact. AHA glycolic acid acts in the opposite direction to rid the skin of this heavy layer of dead cells.
People who have continually moisturized and have generated a thick Stratum Corneum are going to feel dry for the first couple of days to a week and will feel the urge to add additional moisturizers. They should limit the amount of additional moisturizers they apply and allow the thick layer to slough off. In the future they will require far less moisturizing.
LOOKING WORSE THE FIRST FEW DAYS
As the thickened Stratum Corneum begins to loosen and slough off during the first two to three days of glycolic acid use, the skin may appear drier, more wrinkled and cloudier than it had previously. This is normal and as these outer layers of cells slough off, the skin will begin looking better and continue to improve more and more. It is important that clients understand this and do not discontinue use before they feel the products are not working correctly.
RESULTS CHECK LIST
A slight tingling may occur
Roughness in skin texture
Dryness or flaky skin
Cloudy, wrinkled skin
Impurities and blemishes may rise to skin surface. This is both normal and temporary and will disappear in a few days.
USING TOO MUCH PRODUCT
Some people begin using too much product or too many products too quickly and their skin will become red and irritated. They should stop for a day or two. As they begin using active products again they need to progress more slowly.