The Truth about Lactic Acid Peel for Wrinkles Treatment

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Lactic acid peel is the mildest chemical peel. This exfoliator works by loosening and removing the outer layer of damaged skin to reveal the tighter, firmer, brighter, and smoother skin.

Just like from glycolic acid and salicylic acid chemical peels, lactic acid peel has many uses. It is used for acne, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and melasma treatments. But is this skin peel effective for wrinkles treatment? Is it safe? Does it work for people with oily, dry or sensitive skin? What are the possible side effects? Let’s find out…

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1. What are the Ingredients of a Lactic Acid Peel?

Lactic acid (or milk acid) is obtained by fermenting milk lactose, but that does not mean that all lactic acid peel contains only lactic acid. Depending on manufacturers, other ingredients or acids can be added to enhance the result of the peel.

2. Is Lactic Acid Peel Effective for Wrinkle Treatment?

Because it is a mild chemical peel, it is best for treating fine lines even though it can reduce visible wrinkle lines. Most of the time, you will need 3 to 5 treatments before witnessing visible result.

3. Is Lactic Acid Peel Safe?

This is the mildest form of chemical peel. People with dry and sensitive skin or skin condition like rosacea have undergone this treatment with little to no side effect. Some people may experience a mild tingling feeling as the acid slough away the top layer of dead skin cells to expose the younger, healthier looking skin. The effect is temporary though and normally subsides within a few hours with no post treatment skin irritation.

4. Benefits of Lactic Acid Peel

Lactic acid peel sloughs off the top layer skin cells, stimulates collagen production, and draws moisture toward the surface of the skin. These are beneficial for eliminating fine lines, softening wrinkles and promoting healthier and younger skin.

Because of its mild nature, people with dry and sensitive skin or skin condition like rosacea can safely undergo a lactic acid peel treatment without the recovery time associated with other chemical peels.

Other that wrinkles treatment, lactic acid peel has proven to improve skin conditions. It is used for brown and age spots removal, refining pores and treating sun damaged skin and mild acne scars. With continuous application, the skin will certainly look youthful and vibrant.

5. Side Effects of Lactic Acid Peel

Other than increasing sun sensitivity for a few days, this chemical peel is not known to give rise to serious side effect. Although some may experience a temporary tingling feeling and redness, they usually subside in a few hours. That said, if you are allergic to diary products, refrain from doing a lactic acid peel.

6. Limitations of Lactic Acid Peel

Usually a few treatments are needed before any visible softening of wrinkles can be clearly seen due to its mildness. In addition, the lactic acid peel is not effective for deep wrinkles treatment, and periodic treatments are needed to maintain the youthful look.

7. Precautions for Lactic Acid Peel

Unless permitted by dermatologist or doctor, those with skin conditions like eczema, facial herpes, cold sores and fever blisters should not undergo any type of chemical peel. This is not an exhaustive list so seek professional advice before you begin. Also, those on Accutane in the last 1 year should seek clearance from your doctor first.

Do a patch test before the actual peel. Dab and apply a small amount of lactic acid on the area below the ear lobe. Wait for a few minutes before washing off with cold water. If skin irritation occurs in the next 48 hours, do not proceed with the peel.

Protect sensitive parts from the acids. Consider applying a thin layer of petroleum jelly around the hairlines, eyes, lips and nostrils.

Do not apply the acids to irritated skin or open wounds.

Wash off the acids with cold water immediate if severe irritation occurs. Consult a physician immediately.

Adhere to the usage instructions stated by the manufacturer.

Avoid direct sun exposure for a week after treatment. Use a broad spectrum sun block with SPF 30+. Also hydrate the skin with moisturizers and refrain from using products with acid content for at least 2 days.

8. Cost of Lactic Acid Chemical Peel

Each professional treatment cost at least $75 while a 35% lactic acid (enough for 10 to 15 peels) home kit ranges from $25 to $65.

9. What is the Suitable Concentration for Wrinkles Treatment?

At home lactic acid peels can contain between 30 to 70 % lactic acid. A good starter is the lactic acid/35 – 30ml (Professional).

Slightly more experience users may want to try lactic acid/50. This concentration is not only good for mature skin, it also keep the skin moist and reduces wrinkles at the same time.

Lactic acid peels with over 50% concentration should be done by professionals unless you are confident and experience enough to handle it.

10. How Often to Do Lactic Acid Peel?

Normally it is safe to do it once or twice weekly for 6 weeks, break for 4 weeks before another cycle. However, factors like the brand of lactic acid, skin condition and skin care routine should be taken into consideration. For instance, those on retinoids, or those with good skin condition should do less lactic acid peel.

lactic acid exfoliator photo11. How to Make a Lactic Acid Peel?

Strictly speaking, I’m sharing a lactic acid mask rather than a peel. Still for those who want a homemade recipe, you can use yogurt since it is rich in lactic acid and easily available. Just 4 teaspoons of yogurt is enough to cover the face and neck.

12. How to do a Lactic Acid Peel? (Lactic Acid Peel Instructions)

The following only serves as a guide since your bottle of lactic acid peel comes with usage instructions.

i) Wash the face with a cleanser. Wipe down with witch hazel.
ii) Protect sensitive parts like areas near eyes, lips and nostrils with petroleum jelly.
iii) Apply the acids with cotton swabs or sterile gauze sponges and allow it to stay for 1 minute or the stipulated duration recommended by the manufacturer. (Caution: In case of severe skin irritation, wash off the acid immediately).
iv) Wash off the acid and neutralize.
v) Apply moisturizer and sunblock.

13. How to Neutralize Lactic Acid Peel?

In 1:1 ratio, mix the baking soda powder and cold water together. Stir till you get a uniform mixture. Apply this mixture onto the face to neutralize the acid.

That’s it! The truth about lactic acid peel. With this article, I’m sure you have a solid understanding.

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About Jes Lim

My interest in beauty and skin care grew after I know Auntie Pat. And now, I decide to bring what I know to you. Stay with us as Auntie Pat and I will reveal more beauty tips for women over time.


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