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Lactic Acid vs Other Chemical Peels

Patients’ initial shock over the notion of peel treatments seems to have died down. In its wake, however, there’s a great deal of uncertainty over which acid is best to use. Investigating the differences, our team at Skin Matrix has peeled off the layers to get down to the core of why lactic acid ought to be your clinic’s preferred chemical agent.

Common Ground

It’s best to start from what all chemical peels have in common. Used specifically to exfoliate the skin, the initial goal is to destroy part of either the epidermis and/or dermis. Whilst sounding drastic, this controlled wound in fact ushers in the next crucial stage: regeneration. From here, a wealth of conditions can be reduced or altogether eliminated, including (but not limited to) sun damage, pigmentation, acne scars, fines lines and wrinkles. This begs the question, though, which acid efficiently delivers the goods?

It Takes all Kinds 

Working within dermatology, you’ll be aware of the raft of acids at your disposal. Lactic acid is far from alone, with glycolic, salicylic, trichloroacetic acid (TCA) and phenol all getting in on the skincare action. To make clinicians’ lives a tad easier, every peel is classified according to the depth of exfoliation achieved by the chemical agent, as well as the concentration of said agent and the duration of application. From ‘Very Superficial’ where only the Stratum Corneum is affected, to ‘Deep’, penetrating down to the Reticular Dermis, these classifications represent huge variations in strength.

Why Lactic Acid? 

We could wax lyrical all day long about the superior benefits of lactic acid peels, but instead we’ll keep it brief for you. For one, with L-Lactic Acid being naturally derived from sour milk, this chemical agent is an AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) which represents the lightest acid amongst the various classifications. In this way, downtime can be entirely eliminated saving clients from those irksome holdups for visible change. Compare that to the ‘rival’ acids TCA and phenol, and dragged out downtime is inevitable. What’s more, lactic acid’s suppression against the formation of the enzyme, tyrosinase, means hyperpigmentation is more efficiently managed.

Met its Match?

But what about glycolic acid? As another AHA, has our favourite exfoliator met its match? We think not. Lactic acid holds the title of the highest therapeutic index of all the AHAs, having been found to produce greater cell turnover with less irritation, meaning exfoliation is more effective. The advantages go on: its specific bactericidal effect enables more successful management of acne than what’s offered by glycolic acid, whilst the inducement of collagen production has also been found to occur more rapidly and consistently.

To stock your clinic with this cosmeceutical champion, choose from our selection of high quality chemical peel products online today, including Aspect Dr’s 20% and 30% lactobotanical peel. Simply contact our team on 0845 505 9800 to order your supply.