But for some time now, women have been wondering why home glycolic peels always seemed to cap out at 10% strength. We had the choice of either shelling out big bucks for a stronger, more effective treatment at the dermatologist, or using lower-strength products at home consistently to try and get the same skin-sloughing effect over time.
Starting this month, that all may change. Ex-Johnson & Johnson product formulator Mac Smith cracked the code of why stronger strength glycolics weren't allowed on the consumer market, and developed a peel that would fit all of the safety guidelines that had previously bound other brands.
Most glycolic peels work the same way: First, the acid solution is applied to the skin, then, after several minutes, a second solution is applied to neutralize its action. Leaving it up to untrained non-professionals (that would be us, ladies) to know how and when to neutralize the acid was precisely what worried the consumer product regulators, and the reason why they hadn't allowed any to be stronger than 10%.
So here's what happened: The new Brazilian Peel by Advanced Home Actives comes in a syringe that dispenses two solutions at once: the glycolic peel, and a neutralizing serum. The neutralizing serum is designed to completely neutralize the acid's action after ten minutes, so there's no shot of you forgetting to neutralize, waiting too long, or messing up.
Oh, and as for that name? The formula also contains Brazilian Acai berry extract -- a super-strength antioxidant that helps counteract free radical damage. And, it brings to mind other "Brazilian" treatments that are equally as thorough.
You can purchase a basic kit with four applications for $78 here, or go for one of the combo kits that come with a cleanser and pads as well. The product also just hit Sephora shelves, so happy peeling!