One reason why skin begins to look older is because after time, dead cells accumulate on the surface of your skin, making it look older. By using glycolic acid products once or twice a week, usually in the form of facial peels, you can easily strip away this surface layer of dead cells and skin. These peels are also great to help repair past damage from smoking and overexposure to the sun.
There are different types of alpha hydroxy acids you can use such as citric (fruit) acid, lactic (milk) acid and glycolic (sugar-based) acid. All of them work very nicely on aging skin, to lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Not only do these acids strip away the layers of skin, continued use helps the products to work on deeper layers of skin. After time, elasticity and collagen production is increased, helping your skin to look even better. Based on the sensitivity of your skin, select the percentage of alpha hydroxy acid contained in the peel or product. The higher the level of acid, the stronger the product works on your skin.
Glycolic acid products can be used at home to renew and rejuvenate your skin in as little as 6-8 weeks. You can also combine different types of AHA's to get the best effect for your particular skin type, whether it be oily, dry or combination skin.
Alpha hydroxy acids can be a serious weapon in your anti-aging arsenal.