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The Concept of a "Pre-Peel"

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The company from which I ordered my 50% gycolic acid peel sent a free vile of 20% salicylic acid and recommends using it as a "pre-peel" one day before the glycolic, claiming that "this removes excess skin and oil and allows for better and even penetration of the AHA peel." However, I've found that, a day after applying the pre-peel, the glycolic acid seems much less effective: even after five minutes of application (this is 50%, mind you), my skin barely turns red and doesn't peel off afterward like it used to. I am thus wondering if a pre-peel, rather than paving the way for a better primary peel, actually only decreases a second peel's potency and effectiveness.

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