Glycolic acid is an alpha-hydroxy acid found in sugar cane. It works by loosening the outer layer of the skin that appears as dry and rough. Glycolic acid is widely used for facial peels due to its small molecular size, which is able to penetrate to the skin better. The application of the peel varies from 20%-70% depending on the patients’ needs and skin response. The peel will speed up the cell turnover rate, which results in the peeling off of the dead skin cell, revealing a new layer of skin that is smoother and healthier. Glycolic peels are usually used to treat sun damaged skin, pigmentation and fine line.
- Rejuvenated and glowing skin
- Reduced fine lines
- Lighter age spots
- Reduced pigmentation
- As for acneic patients, improvement on acne can be seen as well as tighter pores.
Treatments can be done once every three weeks depending on the desired results and the strength of the peels.
The procedure usually takes 20minutes and gives a tingling or mild burning sensation for a few minutes. After the procedure some patients may experience facial redness, especially those with sensitive skin. A few days after the procedure, you should expect your skin to be a little sensitive, flaking and peeling, therefore limit your sun exposure and use sunscreen! Products that contain glycolic acids and retinol must be avoided until skin no longer sensitive.