GLYCOLIC ACID PEEL
The Glycolic acid peel is a non-invasive, non-surgical facial treatment that can refine the texture of your skin and improve your appearance by revealing younger-looking skin and a clear, radiant complexion. Glycolic Acid is the most versatile and easily absorbed of the Alpha hydroxy Acids. Glycolic Acid is derived from sugar cane. It was developed through scientific research and found to be extremely effective in the treatment of acne, fine lines, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does the Glycolic Acid Peel work?
The peel removes a micro-thin top layer of skin, ridding skin of damaged cells and treating wrinkles and fine lines, age spots and skin discoloration, and surface sun damage. Treatments are often administered in combination with microdermabrasion. The chemical peels are applied through a series of sessions, beginning with a 20-30% glycolic solution and increasing to 70% over the course of treatment.
Does the procedure hurt?
Peels can best be described as uncomfortable. The smell – of burnt butterscotch – can be a bit unsettling, but the solution itself causes no pain as it is applied to the skin, much like a face mask. A slight discomfort is felt as the technician applies the glycolic acid solution. The patient will feel a light chill followed by overall tingling and finally, a light burning sensation as the treatment begins to take effect. The technician will ensure that you remain comfortable and that your skin is cooled properly.
What does a typical session involve?
The technician will cleanse the patient’s skin before the treatment, and will apply a glycolic acid solution followed by a neutralizing solution. Immediately following the treatment, the skin will feel simultaneously tight, and greasy.
How long does the treatment take?
Glycolic acid peels are considered “lunchtime” treatments because a typical session lasts between 35 and 45 minutes, and patients can go back to work immediately after the procedure. The skin will look good, albeit slightly oilier than usual. A light scent will linger, reminiscent of cucumber, or avocado. This is the neutralizing solution, still resting on the skin’s surface while the peel continues to work on the skin’s layers. In most cases, no one will even know that you just had a glycolic acid peel.