When it comes to acids you are meant to start with a low percentage and then gradually work your way up in strength when that one isn’t working well enough for you.
We want to make this point:
IT IS NOT A RACE TO GET TO THE TOP!
There is nothing at all to gain by applying a higher percentage of acid right off the bat. Most likely it will cause excessive irritation for you and could potentially lead to discoloration in the skin.
- Always start with the lowest percentage and do a series.
- Leave the acid on for a longer time to strengthen the peel as you move forward.
- Only move up when you feel that acid and percentage is no longer working for you. You can get a higher percentage of the same acid or try a different one that will work for your issues.
If you are brand new to at-home peels, here are a few great acids to start off with:
Mandelic 22 – this is quite acceptable for pre-teens and those with very sensitive skin types including rosacea. This is generally the first choice for anyone looking to dip their toe into the at-home peel
Glycolic 30 – ok for all skin types
Lactic 50 – ok for drier skin types.