glycol acid vs pumpkin peel
iskyn™ pumpkin peel ~ the best of both worlds
(eHow) Facial peels refresh your skin, boost collagen production and smooth out the complexion. They come in a range of strengths and can be done at home, in a doctor’s office or at a spa. Most women have heard of glycolic acid peels, but pumpkin peels are gaining popularity. Which you use depends on what type of skin you have.
glycolic acid peels
Glycolic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) found in sugar cane. It allows fresh skin cells to come to the surface and, over time, helps to stimulate the growth of new skin and the formulation of collagen. As the smallest AHA molecule, it works by penetrating the skin to break up the bonds that hold dead cells to the skin’s surface.
Glycolic acid peels have a gradual effect and should be performed over a few weeks. The availability of different concentrations and varying of the frequency of application make this peel suitable for a wide range of skin types. A typical course would be four to six weeks of once or twice weekly treatments. Glycolic acid can be harsh on sensitive, very dry or damaged skin and can even cause burns. Any regimen of peels with this ingredient needs to begin with a low dose and build gradually.
Pumpkin peels have emerged as an alternative to traditional acid peels. Pumpkin contains a high concentration of beta-carotene and vitamins A and C, which combat free radicals and damage from sun exposure. These vitamins promote healthy cell turnover and encourage the production of collagen and elastin. Pumpkin also possesses nutrients like zinc and potassium that nourish the skin, while natural AHAs and enzymes exfoliate. Allantoin acts as anti-inflammatory to help calm the skin. Many women enjoy the smell and it is better tolerated by sensitive skin.
Pumpkin peels should be performed once or twice a week. Each application should last three to five minutes. In lower doses, pumpkin peels can be used without breaks. Allow a month or so for visible results.
With any chemical peel, natural or not, take the time to be aware of how your skin is reacting to it. Warm sensations or mild stinging is normal; burning, itching or pain is not. If you are experiencing any of these, rinse the peel off immediately. Bumps; excessive or prolonged peeling; extensive redness or itching after treatment are signs of an allergic reaction and mean you should stop applying the peel. Consult a physician before continuing on the regimen. Be sure to follow directions exactly, to prevent a serious burn. Do not use scrubs while using peels and always use a day moisturizer with at least an SPF 15 to protect your new, fresh skin and give it a chance to heal.
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