Glycolic acid is a naturally derived acid that is used for cosmetic purposes such as blemish removal, skin brightening and skin renewal. Commonly extracted from sugar cane, pineapple, sugar beets, cantaloupe and raw grapes, glycolic acid is a alpha hydroxyl acid (AHA) and its excellent exfoliating properties makes it an ideal treatment for fading sunspots, acne scars, blemishes, fine lines and wrinkles.
Glycolic acid has the ability to penetrate deep beneath the surface of the skin. It stimulates cell regeneration in the skin by increasing the production of collagen. Glycolic acid’s fast acting results can be witnessed through the rapid shedding of the skin’s exterior to reveal fresh new glowing skin underneath.
Glycolic acid peels are best used regularly with a break of one or two weeks between sessions.The glycolic acid itself is primarily made up of sugar, the smallest molecule particle in the alpha hydroxy family this allows the acid to penetrate the skin layers quickly for treatment.
Procedures generally take about 30 minutes to complete. While one procedure might be enough for some people, others might have more over a period of several months to treat more severe skin conditions. A suggestion of 6 to 8 treatments is recommended in order to receive the full benefits of a Glycolic Peel Treatments in Surrey.
Treatment procedures usually begin by thoroughly cleansing the skin of any lotions or makeup. A thin coat of glycolic acid is then typically applied to the desired area. Slight tingling sensations might initially be experienced, but should gradually subside.
Many people go about their usual routine after the procedure, but wearing sunscreen and moisturizer is a required for added protection.
Here are some common questions people ask about Glycolic peels.
Who should not have it?
Anyone with sensitive skin or rosacea.
What should I avoid prior to having a Glycolic Peel?
Prior to having a peel you need to avoid tanning or burning the skin for at least 2 weeks. You should also discontinue use of any waxing, retinoids, retinols, AHA’s or glycolic acid for 5 days prior to your treatment.
How will my skin feel after a Glycolic peel?
Skin may feel dry and itchy after treatment. Within 2 to 4 days skin will start to peel and the peeling will usually last in between 4 to 7 days. It is very important at this time that you DO NOT pick or scratch and let the skin shed naturally. Picking can lead to scarring. Moisturize every day. Skin must be protected with an SPF of no lower than 32 when exposed to the sun.
What should I avoid after a Glycolic Peel?
After a Glycolic Peel you should avoid using any retinoids, retinols, AHA’s or glycolic acid for about 2 days. It is also very important you refrain from tanning or burning the skin during or after a series of peels.