Glycolic acid peels (formulated from sugar cane) are virtually downtime-free skin treatments, which come with mild redness or irritation as the only likely after-effect. Glycolic acid chemical peels are ideal for people who suffer from excess sebum, and these treatments may rejuvenate the skin without much downtime.
Glycolic acid peels, in particular, contain alphahydroxy acids (AHAs) that gently exfoliate the skin to unclog oil-filled sebaceous glands. Peels that utilize AHAs penetrate the skin and help remove layers of dull, dry skin. The skin renewal cycle is roughly 28 to 32 days without any exfoliation assistance, but AHA peels can speed up the process. A series of five in-office peels (spaced three weeks apart) can be effective for alleviating minor skin spots and blemishing.