Skin Care: Glycolic Acid Peel Is A Great Way To Improve Skin Health
What Is Glycolic Acid Skin Peels
GLYCOLIC ACID, also known as GLYCERIN, GLYCOLS, and GLUCONO DELTA-LACTONE, is a natural AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) derived from the sugar cane plant. Glycolic Acid peels are one of the most popular chemical exfoliation treatments used by medical clinics to treat acne scars, wrinkles and photo damage. It's powerful yet gentle enough to be used on sensitive skin.
The acid skin peel has also been shown to reduce the appearance of fine lines, hyperpigmentation and large pores, among other benefits.
Three Unique Benefits Of Glycolic Acid Peels
Acne Scar Treatment>
Glycolic peels are often used to treat acne scars, both old and new ones. The acid stimulates skin cells to produce collagen and elastin, leading to smoother, brighter skin that isn't congested with pimple breakouts.
Uneven Skin Tone.
Glycolic Acid skin peels are often used to remove the upper layer of skin cells and reveal new, brighter-looking skin. The treatment can help even out a person's complexion or help get rid of sunspots on light-complexion people.
Anti Ageing Treatment.
The peel is often used to treat ageing skin and sun-damaged skin. The acid stimulates the cells on the surface of your skin (the epidermis), where it can produce collagen, which is essential for a youthful appearance.
Who is a Candidate for Glycolic Acid Peels
Dark Spots (Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation)
If you suffer from dark spots on your skin, glycolic acid peels may be able to help. The condition is typically caused by an injury or long-term inflammation of the skin. It can also occur if you have a family history and it's brought on after sun exposure or hormonal changes in women are common triggers for this type of hyperpigmentation.
Glycolic skin peel for melasma can be used to lighten the skin and reduce or remove dark spots. Melasma is hyperpigmentation that causes brown patches on your face, neck, chest, arms and upper back. It can happen during pregnancy or while taking certain medications like birth control pills. Ingrown hairs and scarring
If you suffer from ingrowing hairs or scarring, you are often suitable for glycolic acid peels. The chemical has been proven effective in reducing ingrown hairs, and it helps reduce the symptoms of scars from these pesky hair follicles.
Glycollic Acid Peel is a great way to help get rid of scars from acne. The treatment stimulates the cells on your skin's surface to produce collagen and reduces signs of scarring like keloid or hypertrophic scars.
What Are The Common Side Effects
Some people may experience mild stinging or discomfort during the treatment, but others may feel a slight tingle or sensation of burning. Red or Pink Skin: This is a normal side effect and is more familiar 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 treatment.
Peeling or Flaking: Again, this is a regular occurrence and is a good sign. The goal is to remove the outer layer of dead skin cells, so a bit of 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: You must stay indoors as much as possible for the first few days following treatment and use good quality sunscreen 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 pretty mild.
The Treatment Process
1. The First Step Is To Have A Consultation
Our consultation begins with a confidential assessment of your desired outcomes. A treatment plan is determined and discussed during this time.
2. Pre Treatment before a peel Is The Second Step.
Your skin should be treated with glycolic cleanser and night cream 2 weeks prior to the treatment for optimum results.
We recommend you don't shave or exfoliate or use depilatory creams before the treatment.
We also advise to avoid the following, a week before the appointment:
- Facial waxing
- Sun exposure
- Heat treatments
We also recommend avoiding the use of the following products 3 days prior to the appointment:
- Vitamin A products
- Anything containing AHA (Alpha hydroxyl acids) of BHA (beta hydroxy acids
- Apply a lot of sunscreen products with SPF 30 or above immediately after the treatment and apply daily for the total duration of the treatment course.
3. The Final Step is After Care
You must follow the aftercare advice provided by your Skin specialist.
Your skin may feel tight for a few days after your skin peel, but this is a positive sign.
These Changes Can Occur Up To 7 Days Following The Treatment
Do not pick or peel the shedding skin
- Do not scratch or scrape the skin
- Do not expose to sunbeds or heat treatments
- Do not use swimming pools or Jacuzzis
- SPF30 or above to be worn at all times
The Cost of a Peel
GLYCOLIC ACID peels
From £99 per session to £499 per course of 6 treatments.
The number of sessions required will depend on skin condition but usually ranges from Three to Six treatments to see full results.
If you are interested in GLYCOLIC ACID peels for your skin, please contact our specialist team today. One of our skin specialists will be happy to offer advice and book a free consultation at no obligation!
Frequently Asked Questions
Skin peeling is a normal side effect of GLYCOLIC ACID. There may be some redness and discomfort, but this usually only lasts 12-24 hours after the peel.
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