Rejuvenate Your Skin and Diminish Imperfections with Glycolic Peel
The glycolic peel is one of the most popular and common skin care treatments available today. It is very effective on several skin conditions but is much gentler than many of the harsher options such as phenol peels or dermabrasion.
Glycolic acid products are a powerful yet safe way to peel away the effects of aging; rejuvenate a tired or dull complexion, and improve the appearance of blemishes and scars without any of the side-effects often associated with other treatments.
What is Glycolic Acid?
Glycolic acid belongs to the Alpha-Hydroxy Acid group (AHA) and you may have noticed that many OTC skin care products contain this ingredient. It is a naturally occurring substance that is found in sugarcane and some types of fruits, particularly grapes and pineapple. At strengths between 6-10% it is fairly safe to use, however, it is also quite ineffective.
Professional strengths range from 20-70%, depending on skin type and the condition being treated. Lower concentrations affect only the surface; whereas, higher intensities will penetrate more layers of the skin. Glycolic acid works by breaking down the substances that hold together the cells on the outer layer of your skin. When these bonds are weakened, the old, dead cells can be easily peeled away revealing the smoother, healthier skin underneath.
This exfoliation also unclogs pores and encourages the production of new cells so the firmness and texture of your skin will also be improved.
Since glycolic acid peels are so light, they are often considered to be superficial peels. Basically, they work mostly on the epidermis or the very top layer of the dermis, and really do not penetrate deep enough to deal with major skin problems. However, unlike stronger acid peels, these peels can be repeated quite regularly for peeling skin on face, and significant results have been seen with repeated applications.
Even though it is a mild facial treatment, any acid can be dangerous and damaging if not used correctly.
Since glycolic peels are most effective at higher concentrations, it is recommended that you have the treatment done by a professional who is familiar with the proper procedure for applying facial peels.
Glycolic Peel Benefits
Exfoliates Dead Skin Cells. Exfoliated skin is softer, brighter, and younger looking.
Diminishes Fine Lines and Wrinkles. Different strengths of glycolic acid can be used depending on the depth of the wrinkles; however, the best results are seen with repeated application or long-term use.
Reduces Pigmentation. A glycolic peel is quite effective at fading or eliminating age spots, freckles, or other signs of hyperpigmentation or sun damaged skin.
Smoothes out Uneven Skin Tone.
Reduces the Appearance of Scars. Minor facial or acne scars can be minimised; however, larger scars, or severe damage may require more intensive treatment.
Improves Acne. This particular acid will help balance the oils in the skin to accelerate the healing of blemishes and prevent new breakouts.
Reduce enlarged pores, remove blackheads and whiteheads.
Improves Skin Texture. It can smooth rough skin, treat dry patches, and restore the soft supple feel to you face, neck, and hands.
Fast Acting. These are so popular for peeling skin on face because you will typically begin noticing improvements immediately.
Stimulate the Production of Collagen and Elastin. At higher concentrations, glycolic acid has been shown to encourage the production of these two substances, which are very important for healthy, firm, wrinkle free skin.
Slows Down the Ageing Process. Regular exfoliation makes skin healthy and better able to absorb moisturisers and fight the effects of ageing.
Does not Damage the Skin. Since it is a very mild acid, glycolic peels will only encourage the removal of dead skin cells and stimulate the production of collagen and elastin without causing any trauma or damage to the skin. This is one of the best glycolic peel benefits.
Side Effects of Glycolic Peels
When administered by a professional, glycolic peels are considered to be one of the safest skin care treatments available. However, depending on the strength of the skin peel, the sensitivity of your skin, and the frequency of usage, some side effects may be experienced.
Stinging or Discomfort: Many people experience a slight stinging during the treatment, but sometimes this tingling or burning feeling may last for a couple of days afterwards.
Red or Pink Skin: This is a very normal side effect and is more common with fair-skinned people. It usually only lasts a couple of days and redness can be covered with light makeup.
Swelling: Although uncommon, some people may experience mild swelling for a day or two following a treatment.
Peeling or Flaking: Again, this is a normal occurrence and is actually a good sign. The goal is to remove the outer layer of dead skin cells, so a little flaking means that the peel did its job! Use a good moisturizer and your skin should be back to its soft smooth texture within a couple of days.
Sensitivity towards the Sun: It is important that you stay indoors as much as possible for the first few days following a treatment and use a good quality sun screen to protect your skin when outdoors.
Excessive Dryness or Crusting: People with very sensitive skin may notice dry patches or areas of crusting on the treatment sites. Keep the skin clean and moisturized and this should clear up within a week. If the problem persists, see a doctor.
Changes in Skin Tone: This side effect is very rare but darker-skinned people are at a greater risk of being left with an uneven skin tone.
Scarring: Again, this is very unlikely since these peels are quite mild.
Who Can Reap the Benefits of Glycolic Peels?
Since these are an option that is safe, non-invasive, and milder than some other chemical treatments, they can be used on almost any skin type. They have been shown to be effective for several problems whether you want to get rid of wrinkles, minimise enlarged pores or facial scars, remove age spots and uneven pigmentation, or manage your acne.
If you have extremely sensitive skin, work outdoors, or if you are taking medications that may cause interactions you should speak with your doctor or skin care specialist before using a glycolic acid peel.
If applied properly, a glycolic skin peel can be a good way to improve or eliminate many skin problems. However, although it is a mild acid, it can still cause more harm than good if not applied correctly. For best results, you should always have chemical peels administered by a skin care professional.
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