glycolic acid peel for cystic acne?
Posted 26 June 2006 - 07:03 AM
Posted 28 June 2006 - 09:05 PM
I just tried a 50% glycolic peel from ebay myself as I plan to visit the derm only once a month and I have just a few active acne and it is going well so far (just neutralized it not 30 minutes ago)
Posted 28 June 2006 - 10:09 PM
Posted 28 June 2006 - 10:22 PM
Posted 29 July 2007 - 12:11 PM
Glycolic acid works by disolving the cellular glue which holds cells together. In addition it works in water (meaning that it is hydrolitic). Basically what this means it that it works mostly on the surface of the skin which is good in that it breaks down the hold that retained cells (which should have fallen away) loosen and fall. This helps other medications to penetrate. However, it doesn't have any direct effect on cycts.
Although the use of glycolic acid will not affect an existing cyst since it can't reach it, it could have an effect on follicles which are already predisposed to develop into inflammed lesions by causing irritation. This irritation causes a responce from the skin which results in the cell growth increasing which can increase cell retention in the follicle which results in increased pressure on the wall which increases the possibity of the wall rupturing and becoming another cyst. So the aim of using glycolic should be just enough to affect the the cells on the surface without causing too much irritation. Glycolics are a good tool for removing the cellular Cap which covers the skin (follicle opening (pores) do not close up. Thay are covered up by this cap)
Once the cap is affected and products can penetrate better, I would suggest Salicylic Acid. SA is lipolytic which means that it works best inside the follicle actually disolving cells which are impacting the follicle and causing the problem.
Cysts, again, are different. They have no direct access to the follicle so these types of ingredients do not directly affect it. The only treatment that I know of right now are oral antibiotics to affect the infection and injections to reduce the inflammation. That is not to say that there isn't an answer, but, unfortunately the answer is in prevention of the impaction to start with.
Hope this helps
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