Glycolic peels are an effective skin care treatment commonly used to reduce the signs of ageing, sun damage and acne scarring.

While growing old may be a fact of life, the fine lines, wrinkles and age spots don’t have to be.

This minimally invasive procedure uses the alpha hydroxyl acid (AHA) that is glycolic acid, a completely natural exfoliant found in sugar cane.

How Peels Work on your Skin

Glycolic acid works by breaking down the cellular glue holding dead skin cells and oily residue on the skin’s surface, making it matt and dull. Most blemish marks are also on this upper layer of skin so when it is removed, a wonderfully smooth and youthful appearance is revealed underneath.

Glycolic peels are commonly used to boost collagen and elastin production in mature or damaged skins. Used on a regular basis, the restorative effects of the procedure are second to none.

What to expect from a glycolic peel

  • Rejuvenated and healthy looking skin
  • Improved skin tone and texture
  • Reduction in the appearance of scars, including acne scarring and other blemishes
  • Repeated use of glycolic peels has the added benefits of significant reduction in fine lines, wrinkles and age spots.
  • Pigmentation and sun damage is reduced

Glycolic peels used a diluted concentration of glycolic acid which is applied to the face. The restorative power of glycolic peels can often be boosted by incorporating a pre-treatment cleansing routine; if Dr. Fay thinks it will help your skin she will discuss it with you at your consultation.

It is worth noting that glycolic peels may not be suitable for everyone-this is why individual evaluation and skin analysis is so important prior to treatment.

A glycolic peel treatment will fit into a busy routine.

Some possible side effects include

Redness – Glycolic peels work by revealing a fresh, new layer of revitalised skin which at first may appear slightly red.

Mild discomfort – The application of the naturally-occurring acid may cause a slight stinging sensation before being rinsed off.

Flaky skin – Since glycolic peels work by removing layers of dead skin cells and blocked oily pores, users may experience some flaky skin.

Dry skin – It is extremely important to moisturize carefully and thoroughly after a glycolic peel to minimize the appearance of dry skin.

To book your consultation and discover the benefits of glycolic peels for your acne blemished skin, just call Cosmetic Doctor at the Slievemore Clinic in Dublin on 01 685 3100 or see