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I've been using glycolic acid for almost a week now continually, twice a day. I'm not planning on stopping it because it is my only product that I am using to control my acne. I was just wondering if the flakey skin is something that you always experience while on the product, I know it exfoliates, or if it will go away after continual use. I am moisturizing every night with cetaphil and in the morning I apply a sunscreen of spf 30, the neutrogena ultra sheer dry touch.

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You may have started using it too frequently. Most of the time it is best to start off using it less often, and then work up to more frequent use - this gives your skin a chance to get used to it. Twice a day is a lot to start with, unless you have used glycolic before? Depending on the strength of the product you are using and your skin's sensitivity, I would recommend only using it once a day for the first few weeks, and then bumping up the frequency once your skin has adjusted. Exfoliants tend to have a cumulative effect - the irritation and peeling can sneak up on you all of a sudden.

Once your skin is used to it, excessive peeling should stop. But do realize that peeling the skin is what you want glycolic to do - that is how it helps keep your skin clear. So, some amount of peeling is actually desireable.

Are you just getting peeling or are you also getting redness/irritation?

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I agree that you probably started out with too much, too soon. You don't want to irritate your skin, because that can cause more breakouts. Try only using the glycolic once a day until your skin has time to adjust, and then you can move up to using it twice a day. You will have more flaky skin now, since you just started using the product, but over time you will experience less peeling and flaking.

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