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The Brazilian Peel ($78.00 for four applications) is a new weekly facial treatment I liked so much, I decided to make it the topic of my first FutureDerm.com video blog segment! I know I need to do some work on my videos – I’m still a little flustered and learning the video ropes – but if you have any helpful suggestions for me, please feel free to let me know in Comments, on Facebook, or on Twitter!
30% Glycolic Acid
Very few products on the market contain higher than 30% glycolic acid, and for good reason: High concentrations of glycolic acid have been associated with skin irritation and even chemical burns, according to the International Journal of Cosmetic Science, amongst other sources. That’s why it’s always wise to see an experienced dermatologist or aesthetician for glycolic acid treatments above 30%!
Glycolic acid remains one of the most effective over-the-counter skin care treatments on the market today. A friend of mine recently was telling me how Retin-A clogged her pores, but how a 20% glycolic acid facial cleared her skin right up. I believe it: glycolic acid has been shown in clinical studies to smooth the skin, quicken the rate of cell turnover (a process naturally reduced by up to 7% every ten years), decrease the depth of small wrinkles and increase the fibroblast proliferation of collagen. Glycolic acid was also found in the journal Dermatologic Surgery to increase the hyaluronic acid (moisture factor) content in the skin. Impressivo!
However, topical açai may not be the best reason to buy the Brazilian Peel. For one, topical açai treatments usually only contain a small amount of the berry, because higher quantities would be likely to stain the skin and the hair, according to dermatologist Dr. Jeannette Graf, M.D. in the January 2008 issue of Allure magazine. For another, the Brazilian Peel is left on for only ten minutes, so it is unlikely, even with its thermal heating action, that the full benefit of açai will be obtained from its application.