If you are looking to reveal the clearer and younger skin beneath what you have now, you might be considering a glycolic acid peel. A peel is a product that is applied to the face and then is removed by a “neutralizing” solution. These can be done at home with an over the counter product, but the most effective peels are those that are performed in clinic by a dermatologist or aesthetician. A chemical peel uses a chemical solution (there are a variety of peels you can have) to improve the skin. They smooth skin by removing the outer layers, which hold onto damage and are often rough and dry. Many people can benefit from a peel, but those with pimples or acne are most likely to seek peels the most. These people will also derive the most benefit.
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 and acne. 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 or 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 and clearer. People who have glycolic acid peels are very often often amazed with the results as they look younger, with fewer fine lines and wrinkles and if they have acne, they often notice their skin is less oily and is much clearer.
When you decide to have a glycolic acid peel, you will visit with our specialist Dr Lisa Fay for an initial consultation. If you decide on a glycolic acid peel, you are choosing to have a fairly light peel done that will usually result in few, if any, side effects. 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 and Dr Fays’ recommendations for your needs.
The peel is removed with a neutralizing solution and you are free to leave and carry on with your day with no down time and no pain.
There are few if any side effects to having a glycolic acid peel. Immediately after the procedure you might feel some light burning, but this often goes away quickly. You might have some redness, but again, this usually only lasts a short time. If you have sensitive or very fair skin you are more likely to encounter these discomforts. Glycolic acid can make your skin more sensitive to the sun, so you should wear a good sun block after having a glycolic acid peel.