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Shop Natural Glycolic Acid Peel

What is Glycolic Acid?

Glycolic Acid is the smallest alpha hydroxyacid acid (AHA) and is capable of penetrating the top layer of the skin and removing the matrix that binds dead cells together at the top layer of the skin. As these dead cells shed, it begins to stimulate the renewal of new skin cells. These new skin cells give a fresh, youthful look to the skin. Because of its very small size and low pH, pure glycolic acid is the preferable choice in AHA’s when trying to exfoliate and renew the skin.

How is Glycolic Acid Made?

Glycolic Acid is a naturally occurring substance made by plants. It is found in citrus fruits, sugarcane, kiwi and even grapes!

However, while glycolic acid is naturally occurring, almost all glycolic acid on the market is synthetically made. That is because it is very expensive and time consuming to extract a pure glycolic acid from a natural source. Instead, most cosmetic brands use a glycolic acid that is made from a synthetic process.

What is the problem with synthetically derived glycolic acid?

The typical process for producing glycolic acid today uses formaldehyde or monochloroacetic acid from oil (petrochemicals) as the starting material. This process leaves behind potentially harmful and measurable impurities like formaldehyde in the finished product. Because the outcome is a synthetically derived glycolic acid, this is not required to be disclosed on the label!

The skin is the largest organ, and therefore the health of the skin is of paramount importance to overall health. In the United States, 8-9% of the population are allergic to formaldehyde, but more importantly for everyone, it is damaging to the skin’s delicate microbiome.

What is the difference between a Natural occurring and a Naturally Derived Glycolic Acid?

The difference between a naturally occurring glycolic and a naturally derived glycolic acid depends on both the origin of the source, as well as how the ingredient is made.

Unless a chemical is manufactured, produced, or extracted from a natural source, it is actually considered a synthetic compound according to the USDA. As most if not all glycolic acids on the market are made from formaldehyde or petrochemicals as their starting material, the glycolic acid is considered synthetic.

How will I know if the Glycolic Acid is actually naturally derived or synthetically made?

Look for Third party certifications from USDA or enquire about the source of the Glycolic from the brand owner. 

How is the Glycolic Acid that is used in LASPA peel products made?

Our Glycolic Acid is created using sugar cane as a starting material, which is then fermented and distilled into a pure form of Glycolic Acid in a small batch process. Once the Glycolic Acid is combined with the other natural ingredients in our LASPA Intensive Anti-Aging Peel formula, the solution is then pH balanced to 3.5 before bottling.

Why is it so important to use a mineral sunscreen of at least SPF30 after using a Glycolic Acid peel product?

Using a Glycolic Acid peel removes the dead cells at the surface of the skin, leaving newer skin cells more vulnerable to the damaging effects of the sun’s rays. Applying LASPA SPF30 after using LASPA Glycolic Peel products is critical to protect the skin and prevent the development of pigmentation changes and signs of aging. Using a Broad Spectrum Natural Mineral Sunscreen such as LASPA SPF30 ensures that potentially harmful chemicals are not re-applied to the skin.

Why is Glycolic Acid more effective than other fruit extracts?

Although fruit acids are natural, they contain a mixture of organic acids as well as other organic material, which means they are not pure. These acids other acids (fruit, lactic, citric, malic acids) are not as effective as pure glycolic acid as an exfoliant. These other acids have larger molecules and are weaker in strength, which impacts their effectiveness at breaking down the glue that holds dead skin cells together.

Do Dermatologists recommend the use of Glycolic Acid?

Yes, they do! Using a glycolic acid as a regular part of your skin care routine is an important way to look after your skin and address surface level imperfections.

Why choose a truly naturally derived glycolic acid?

Best for Skin Health: It is the only way to ensure a pure ingredient that does not contain any formaldehyde.

Better Potency: A pure glycolic acid with a high free acid content means optimum potency for the same amount of acid from conventional sources.

Better for the Planet: Glycolic Acid that is made from a natural source reduces our impact on the environment.

Why is the pH level of the glycolic important?

A lower pH means that the product is more acidic, which is very important when choosing a glycolic acid. The optimal level is a pH of 3.5. Look for this on the label!

Are there limits on who can use a glycolic acid?

Dermatologists have been reported as saying that people with any skin tone, from pre-teens to older men or women, can use a glycolic acid safely. The regulatory limit for a home use solution is 10% glycolic acid, and 3.5pH, so make sure you stay within these limits and consult your doctor if you have skin conditions such as rosacea or allergies before use.