Glycolic Acid Peel
For a low-commitment, no downtime way to get your skin looking gorgeous, an in-office glycolic acid peel is a terrific option. There are many different types of chemical peels at the dermatologist’s office. A glycolic acid peel is a chemical peel that features glycolic acid as the main ingredient. All in-office chemical peels, such as glycolic acid peels, remove the top layer of dead skin cells and help promote collagen and elastin production. Chemical peels performed in the dermatologist’s office are of higher strength and more effective than the over the counter chemical peels performed at home.
Many people love getting a glycolic acid peel the weeks before a big event—such as a wedding or graduation—to give their skin a nice glowing boost beforehand. The end result is a more even-toned, youthful and glowing complexion. You’ll even find that you need to wear less makeup than before. The results of a glycolic acid peel can last for months.
What is a Glycolic Acid Peel?
Glycolic peels are chemical exfoliants, and they remove all the dead skin cells laying on top of the skin’s surface. By doing this, you will reveal healthier skin underneath and a glowing, more youthful complexion will surface. Glycolic acid is part of a family of acids called ‘alpha hydroxy acids,’ which are all fruit acids. A glycolic chemical peel is one of the mildest forms of chemical peels and is great for sensitive skin types.
Glycolic acid is considered a natural acid and is derived from sugar cane and fruit acids. A glycolic acid chemical peel affects the epidermis by breaking up the bonds (or the glue) in the skin that hold onto the dead cells. By removing this glue, the dead cells are then released and the newer, healthier-looking skin can be revealed. This layer of skin hiding underneath is still virgin skin and is not damaged with acne, sun spots or fine lines and wrinkles.
Glycolic Peel Benefits
The benefits of a glycolic acid chemical peel are to help improve the overall appearance of the skin and especially target:
- Acne Scars
- Reduces appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- Sun damage
- Brown spots
Gycolic acid peels also remove pore-clogging debris from the skin and help reduce acne breakouts. By removing dirt and debris from the skin, the pores appear smaller and the overall complexion looks better and less oily. Most people will see a nice improvement to their skin after just one glycolic acid chemical peel treatment. For best results, two to three glycolic peels are recommended to show more extreme improvement to skin texture and an overall younger and more rejuvenated appearance to the skin. The glycolic acid peel is safe for all skin tones and skin types and can safely be used on light to dark skin tones as well as acne-prone skin and on oily, normal, dry or combination skin types.
Best Glycolic Peel
In order to determine the best glycolic peel for your skin, it’s important to speak to your dermatologist or skin care provider. There are many different strengths of glycolic peels and finding the right strength for your skin is important. Glycolic acid peels target areas of damage on your skin. Letting your dermatologist or skin care provider decide the best combination and strengths for your glycolic acid chemical peel will ensure best overall results. During the treatment, a light layer of the peel is applied to the skin and left on for a short period of time. The peel is then removed from the skin and the peeling process typically begins the next day or two. Peeling lasts for approximately one week. Side effects from a chemical peel are few and far between.
Some people experience redness and irritation, but that typically resolves after the peeling is complete. We recommend repeating your glycolic acid peel treatment every three to four months to maintain the effects and as a way to boost your at-home skin care regimen. Wearing a SPF of 50 the days and weeks following your glycolic peel is extremely important to help protect the newly exposed skin, which is very sensitive.