Glycolic acid is an Alpha Hydroxy Acid that is used (in various strengths) to help dislodge and exfoliate dead skin cells from the surface to help reveal fresher, brighter skin.
I’ve been a huge fan of glycolic acid ever since I experienced cystic acne on my face some years back. I’ve tried various glycolic acid peel pads but I keep coming back to the Avon ones because of the convenience and because they are neither too wet nor too dry.
The down side to using this type of chemical exfoliant is that it can cause mild skin irritations, redness and flaking; additionally, it can also cause photosensitivity to the sun so using a sunscreen is crucial. I prefer to use this product during the winter months as there isn’t as much sun.
The instrustions on the packaging suggest that you use one peel pad every other night; I prefer to use it for three consecutive nights in a row and then use a regular toner for the following three nights and then repeat the cycle. I find that I get a much better exfoliation this way without me having to use a manual scrub as well.