Chemical peels were once reserved exclusively for the doctor's office, a place that can sometimes be scary -- and expensive. Today, chemical peels have evolved to include take-home peels and kits, allowing you to reap their benefits in the privacy of your own home, while relaxing in your favorite bathrobe.
Lactic acid peels are just one type of chemical peel, but they are preferred by many -- again, because of lactic acid's reputation as a gentler alpha hydroxy acid. You can use peels to improve wrinkles, some types of acne and discolorations on your skin. Lactic acid isn't a cure-all -- it won't suddenly remove your deepest wrinkles, and it can't stop you from aging. But over time, it can smooth the tone and condition of your face and reduce or remove mild marks and scars [source: WebMD].
A professional peel at the doctor's office can cost around $100 or more [source: Board Certified Plastic Surgeon]. During the procedure, the physician will apply a lactic acid solution to your skin, which will "burn" the outer layer and cause it to peel off. While mild peels generally aren't very painful, it's important to remember that your face may appear reddish for weeks afterward. You should also note that lactic acid peels are generally part of a series, depending on your desired result. In addition, sun sensitivity is a common side effect of lactic acid peels, so limit your time in the sun and always wear sunscreen [source: WebMD].
If peels seem like a little too much, read on to learn how lactic acid creams and lotions can improve sensitive skin's texture.