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glycolic acid neutralizer?

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Hello. I am planning to use a 30% glycolic acid. But from what I have read, it is necessary to use a neutralizer. I plan to buy from http://www.perfectskin.uk.com/Scripts/prod...sp?idproduct=93

I read that bicarbonate of soda+water can be used to neutralize.. is this true or not? I know that some sites supply skin peels with neutralizers but those are all USA and I don't want to buy from there.

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Hello.  I am planning to use a 30% glycolic acid.  But from what I have read, it is necessary to use a neutralizer.  I plan to buy from http://www.perfectskin.uk.com/Scripts/prod...sp?idproduct=93

I read that bicarbonate of soda+water can be used to neutralize.. is this true or not?  I know that some sites supply skin peels with neutralizers but those are all USA and I don't want to buy from there.

i thoght you just wash it with water ...

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I've also heard that baking soda is a neutralizer.


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Baking soda is a neutralizer. However, I think 30% glycolic acid is too strong for use on the face. You should get a dermatologist to give you a glycolic acid peel instead of doing it yourself ESPECIALLY IF YOU NEVER USED GLYCOLIC ACID B4.

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Dudlux I read info from the link you posted. When I had my glycolic acid peel my derm told me NOT to use the glycolic acid face cream and wash he had given me b4 the peel. He gave me a nowash cleanser and moisturizer from AVENE for sensitive skin, that only had 4 or 5 natural ingredients, to use on my face for 3 days prior to the peel, and the day of the peel until 3 days after. He told me to use those exactly like he said and not to wash my face.

I believe you should see a dermatologist for this because the acid can be very irritating to your skin. I had a bad reaction even with all the precautions my dermatologist took.

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Thanks for the response. I have realised that I can't use peels anyway because I form hypertrophic scars.

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I've also heard that baking soda is a neutralizer.

Yeah, baking soda (also known as bicarbonate of soda) is suitable for use as a neutraliser, even recommended since it costs a couple of pence down your local supermarket. I recently did a 30% glycolic acid peel, which I bought from lookgr8.com, and they recommended using baking soda to neutralise the glycolic acid.

Neutralisation stage is EXTREMELY important when performing acid peels as this stage makes sure the acid stops working when you want it to. Glycolic acid is on the low end of the PH scale (as its an acid), and once kept on the face for the desired time you must stop it from working by using a chemical which is on the high end of the PH scale, a perfect chemical is bicarbonate of soda (as its an alkaline). The soda cancels out the acid, and therefore stops the acid causing any damage by being on your skin for too long.

Simply washing off the acid won't ensure the acid has been de-activated.

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