Alpha Hydroxy Peels

Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acid Peels – Double The Benefits

So which one? An Alpha or Beta peel?

Studies have shown that using a combination of both can have great results.

Let’s look at why using both alpha and beta acids (glycolic and salicylic) can achieve a safer and deeper peel than using a single acid peel on its own.


Firstly, let’s take a look at the benefits of the alpha hydroxy acid – Glycolic.

Glycolic AcidGlycolic acid peels are by far the most common and popular of all the home acid peels available on the market today. It is the peel of choice for home users and professionals alike. It’s a natural substance procured from sugarcane, it’s also gentle, odorless and suitable for every skin type. Glycolic acid is most frequently used as an exfoliant, but is fantastic at reducing fine lines, wrinkles and fading the appearance of dark spots.

Beta hydroxy acid – Salicylic.

Salicylic AcidSalicylic acid is often used as an alternative to glycolic acid. It’s found in many main stream cosmetics, and is most commonly used as an anti aging agent and skin cleanser.

Salicylic acid used as a home peel is excellent for reducing problematic oily skin and the causes of acne. Salicylic acid, like glycolic, is a natural substance, and when used correctly is gentle on the skin and will cause very little skin irritation. Overall, probably the best choice for sufferers of recurring acne.

  • Double benefits – How does it work?

Alpha Beta acid peelsThe alpha beta peel system works by applying salicylic acid first. The salicylic acid goes to work exfoliating the skin, the glycolic is then applied.

Applying the salicylic first allows the glycolic acid to penetrate much further into the skin, giving a much deeper and thorough peel. Using both acids at the same time allows both acids to perform much better, and often, a course of 2 – 3 peels can completely change the appearance of your skin.

Salicylic acid peels are great for acne prone skin, but combining with glycolic can dramatically improve the results. As the glycolic acid works on the surface of the skin, the salicylic is then free to penetrate and cleanse deep into oily and clogged pores.

Alpha and Beta hydroxy acid peels are available in a range of strengths, but for those new to skin peels, the Alpha Beta Light Peel Kit would be a good starting point. This kit contains a 10% salicylic solution and a 30% glycolic. Gentle on all skin types and with only minor flaking, alpha beta peels are a great choice for acne prone skin.

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