If you are looking to uncover the smooth and younger skin beneath what you have now, you might be considering a glycolic acid peel.
The benefits are immense but it’s important to understand what they are and what they can (and can’t) do for your skin.
What is a glycolic acid peel?Glycolic acid peels are simply a chemical peel that features glycolic acid as the main component.
Glycolic acid is currently a popular treatment for winkles . Part of the alpha hydroxyl family of natural ingredients, glycolic acid is derived from sugar cane and is a fruit acid. When applied to the skin, it helps to remove the “glue” that holds the older, rougher and dryer skin on the surface. When it removes that top layer of skin, the fresh, new layer is visible. It’s this layer that’s without damage and which looks fresher. The level of fresher looking skin will be dependent on the strength of the peel.
A common mistake made is the assumption that all 20% glycolic peels are the same, this is not true the strength of the peel is more accurately determined by the ph of the solution applied to the skin.
People who have glycolic acid peels are often amazed with the results – they look younger, with fewer fine lines and wrinkles and if they have the odd pimple, they often notice their skin is quite a bit less oily and is much clearer.
How does a glycolic acid peel work?
A chemical peel can be performed without having any other cosmetic surgery performed, and while it can produce impressive results, a glycolic acid (or other) peel isn’t designed to take the place of a face lift or other cosmetic surgery.
When you decide to have a glycolic acid peel, you will consult with a aesthetician or other skin expert. If you decide on a glycolic acid peel, you are choosing to have a peel that could vary from very light to quite intense.
At this point it would be wise to note that when darker skin tones are peeled with Glycolic acid extra precaution needs to be taken. Darker skin runs a higher risk of pigmenting from glycolic peels as it is an inflammatory peel. Inflammation is what gives you the rejuvenation but if you are prone to post inflammatory hyper pigmentation check with your therapist.
What to expect during the treatment
A light layer of the peel is applied to your face and left for a period of time :
- - that will depend on the particular peel you are having
- - the reasons for having it
- - the ph of the peel.
Ok so who does a glycolic peel and why?
Simply put glycolic peels are for skin rejuvenation and anti aging, all skin types can do them although they are better suited to light skin tones. Glycolic acid peels are what we call “time dependant” the longer you leave it on the deeper it goes.