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I believe glycolic treatments at high percentages can be risky for many individuals - it could cause quite a bit of dryness and irritation at these concentrations. Many treatments use 50-70% glycolic acid preparations, sometimes more. At 100%, glycolic acid can be used as an industrial cleanser of cheese vats. To put this in perspective, chlorine bleach at 100% can be used to clean a toilet; at lower concentrations we use it to purify drinking water and pour it into our swimming pools. You would not swim in a pool of 100% chlorine bleach, and you would not apply 100% glycolic acid to your skin. However, at the right concentration, these products can be useful.

As a professional in the healthcare field, I must politely disagree with you in regard to the "thinning" of the skin due to glycolic acid. Yes, the glycolic acid will, in fact, reduce the thickness of the top layer of dead skin cells. There is no damage done to the layers underneath, and in fact, when the cells below the epidermis are pushed to the surface (through the routine shedding of the skin), they are healthier and smoother as a result of treatment with glycolic acid. The only part of the skin that is "thinner" is the dead surface layer, which is an advantage to acne sufferers, and those with hyperpigmentation. The dermis (contains collagen, which keeps skin plump) does not suffer damage. The point is: no damage done.

With regards to acne being hormonal, yes, acne is affected by hormones. But not exclusively. Our bodies are affected by many natural substances we produce internally, as well as many natural and synthetic substances we apply externally or ingest. You cannot blame acne on hormones [I]alone[/I], or suggest that no topical treatment would have an effect on it's occurence, because that is simply not true.

Cetaphil is a great cleanser. It is gentle. That said, it is not for everyone. Just as glycolic acid in any amount may not be for everyone.

I personally have not used a high %age treatment or received a peel with glycolic acid. I can only describe the routine I use (which involves a toner of 10% glycolic acid) - I would make no guarentee that it would be ideal for all individuals - in that it may not be necessary for some with better skin than I possess, or perhaps not aggressive enough for others. However, I know that my skin is not suffering damage - and will not in the future.

With appreciation,

M
[QUOTE=mandersBC]I believe glycolic treatments at high percentages can be risky for many individuals - it could cause quite a bit of dryness and irritation at these concentrations. Many treatments use 50-70% glycolic acid preparations, sometimes more. At 100%, glycolic acid can be used as an industrial cleanser of cheese vats. To put this in perspective, chlorine bleach at 100% can be used to clean a toilet; at lower concentrations we use it to purify drinking water and pour it into our swimming pools. You would not swim in a pool of 100% chlorine bleach, and you would not apply 100% glycolic acid to your skin. However, at the right concentration, these products can be useful.

As a professional in the healthcare field, I must politely disagree with you in regard to the "thinning" of the skin due to glycolic acid. Yes, the glycolic acid will, in fact, reduce the thickness of the top layer of dead skin cells. There is no damage done to the layers underneath, and in fact, when the cells below the epidermis are pushed to the surface (through the routine shedding of the skin), they are healthier and smoother as a result of treatment with glycolic acid. The only part of the skin that is "thinner" is the dead surface layer, which is an advantage to acne sufferers, and those with hyperpigmentation. The dermis (contains collagen, which keeps skin plump) does not suffer damage. The point is: no damage done.

With regards to acne being hormonal, yes, acne is affected by hormones. But not exclusively. Our bodies are affected by many natural substances we produce internally, as well as many natural and synthetic substances we apply externally or ingest. You cannot blame acne on hormones [I]alone[/I], or suggest that no topical treatment would have an effect on it's occurence, because that is simply not true.

Cetaphil is a great cleanser. It is gentle. That said, it is not for everyone. Just as glycolic acid in any amount may not be for everyone.

I personally have not used a high %age treatment or received a peel with glycolic acid. I can only describe the routine I use (which involves a toner of 10% glycolic acid) - I would make no guarentee that it would be ideal for all individuals - in that it may not be necessary for some with better skin than I possess, or perhaps not aggressive enough for others. However, I know that my skin is not suffering damage - and will not in the future.

With appreciation,

M[/QUOTE]
Hello mandersBC you said you are a professional in the skin care department, I was interested in knowing what you are doing to keep your skin under control because like you stated hormones aren't soley to blame for acne.
I created a thread a while back about Cetaphil...what's all the big hype? A lot of derms praise this stuff because it's gentle, but gentle doesn't work when your skin has all these things going on. It needs something stronger, is that why you defend glycolic acid, it has a better fighting chance?
I have minor acne, a pimple here and there but their persistent and although I've always had extreme dry skin, my skin is alot more oil now. I know different things work for different people, but I've tried everything except glycolic acid, what are the benefits/disadvantages.
And is it true what fitch0082 said, too many harsh products causes the skin to overdry resulting in more angry oil glands?





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