One of the best ways to refresh your tired skin is to exfoliate away the dead, dry layers and reveal the fresh, moist skin below. We have reformulated our Renewal Gel and it now has 20% Glycloic Acid. Acids range from alpha hydroxy acids (glycolic, lactic, arginine) to beta hydroxy acids (salicylic). Each one of the acids behaves differently because of the chemical structure and nature. Glycolic acid is derived from sugar cane, and it has the smallest molecules of the AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) family. Because of its smaller molecular structure, glycolic is one of the fastest working AHA’s and that is why it is one of the most effective.
WHAT DOES IT DO?
When applied topically, acids dissolves the upper layer of skin surface promoting the exfoliation process which triggers three things: new cell turnover, new collagen, and repairs old skin cells (i.e. scars).
WHY IS IT BENEFICIAL?
The skin continually produces new cells to repave its surface, and old cells fall off every day. Normally, dead skin cells are flushed up and out of the pores with the flow of the skin oil produced inside the pore. In some cases, these cells multiply faster and stick together forming an impaction within the pore. Bacteria then grows within the pore causing a blemish, a white head or blackhead which is visible. The use of glycolic acid can promote the exfoliation process and help to flush out pores to minimize the occurrence of these conditions.
WHO SHOULD USE IT?
Anyone who falls into the following category would benefit from the use of an exfoliation product that helps to minimize the accumulation of dead skin cells and eliminate excessive oil and bacteria within the pores: Oily Skin, Hyperpigmented Skin, Acne/Problem Skin, Dry Skin, Mature or Sun Damaged Skin, Scars, Men with ingrown facial hair from shaving (pseudofolliculitis barbae), Before the use of a Sunless Tanner. Good for all skin types.
WHO SHOULD NOT USE IT?
Anyone with the following conditions should refrain from the use of Glycolic or any other acid which may irritate the skin, such as: Skin Lesions, Moles, Active Cold Sores/Fever Blisters, Dermatitis, Eczema, Psoriasis, Sunburn, Open Skin Sores of any Kind, Razor Cuts from Shaving, at least 3 days prior and after Waxing (48 hours), immediately following Hair Color or Processing (48 hours). This product should not be used every day and when being used we highly recommend sun protection.
Most acids which are purchased over the counter are buffered in order to prevent excessive irritation in the mass, general population. The rule of thumb is, the lower the pH, the more aggressive the acid will perform on the skin. Most over-the-counter products are formulated to be within 4.5 to 5.6. Acid formulations that are dispensed through a physician, or “professional”, are much lower in pH at between 1.5 to 2.75. The Renewal Gel ranges between 2.0 to 2.6. According to most Dermatologists, the over-the-counter products are just not strong enough to be effective.
Visit the directions tab of the Renewal Gel Product page for tips on how to use.