Murad Rapid Resurfacing Peel is an extra-strength 10% glycolic acid anti-aging treatment peel. Glycolic acid is an alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) derived from sugar cane. It has a small molecular weight, which means it can penetrate the skin very easily. It exerts anti-inflammatory, keratolytic, and antioxidant effects, and acts as both an exfoliator and a moisturizer. Glycolic acid exfoliates the skin by targeting corneocytes (dead skin cells that make up the stratum corneum) in a process called corneocyte desquamation. By enhancing their breakdown and increasing the separation of skin cells, the rate of cell turnover is increased, leading to smoother, more elastic skin. Glycolic acid is classified as a humectant moisturizer based on its ability to increase the supply of hyaluronic acid in the extracellular matrix. AHAs have also been found to stimulate collagen production. Collagen is needed to maintain strong, firm, youthful skin.
Murad Rapid Resurfacing Peel also contains ascorbic acid, which is commonly known as vitamin C. Ascorbic acid is a potent antioxidant that can protect the skin from free radicals, the unstable molecules that contribute to the formation of premature wrinkles and fine lines on the skin. Ascorbic acid also plays an important role in collagen synthesis and has the ability to fade dark spots on the skin. This “peel” actually comes in the form of towelettes that are applied over a clean face, neck, and chest. It is recommended to allow 3 minutes for full absorption and then follow with a moisturizer. This product is not rinsed off.