Glycolic peel – week 4

This morning, I applied my 4th weekly Glycolic Acid 35% Gel Peel, and I was surprised that it didn’t sting.  I have read that the skin quickly acclimates to acids, and it’s important to work up slowly, so I think I may order the Glycolic Acid 50% Gel Peel.  I really like this peel because it’s a gel: it stays put, doesn’t drip or run, and stays wet for 10 minutes.

I know my original reason for doing this peel was to prepare for my 25% TCA Peel, but I’m starting to chicken out because of the downtime I’ve seen on my hands, arms, and the patch I did on my face.  I’m toying with the idea of doing sections of my face, one small section each week.  I think I can manage a small section getting leathery and brown, then cracking and peeling, but I’m not sure I can deal with doing my entire face at one time.  What do you think?


  1. I have done the Glycolic Acid 50% peel twice and my skin doesn't peel. I wonder why, should i do it again, or maybe use the TCA? any advise?

  2. The pH level is too high to kill the cells, but no worries because the GA is still working at the dermis level to generate collagen. If you want to actually peel, you'll need to go with a lower pH product. Here's a link to more info on pH: