A glycolic acid peel is a type of chemical peel which is derived from sugar cane and is an alpha hydroxy acid. It is a mild skin treatment that is easily able to penetrate the deeper layers of the skin. This makes it most effective for treating fine lines, acne prone skin, clogged pores, and dull or oily skin.
It may be used effectively as a one-time application or used in a series of treatments over several consecutive days. The results of a glycolic acid peel generally include smoother-looking, hydrated, and more evenly-textured skin.