No one likes the idea of putting harsh chemicals on your face where naturally occurring options exist. That’s the case the glycolic peels.
Glycolic peels are derived from natural products such as sugar cane, pineapple, beets, grapes, and cantaloupe. In the category known as “superficial peels, glycolic peels are used to improve pigment irregularities, lessen acne scars, mitigate mild sun damage, and reduce the appearance of fine wrinkles.
Alpha hydroxy acids are the active ingredients in these peels; they naturally occur as carboxylic acids. There are five fruit acids that are the most commonly used for peels: glycolic acid, citric acid, lactic acid, malic acid and tartaric acid. Glycolic acid comes from sugar cane juice.
A glycolic peel gently removes dead skin cells and stimulates new skin growth, leaving the skin with a bright, smooth glow.
What is the process of a glycolic peel?
Usually, a couple weeks before your appointment, we have our patients apply a milder dosage of glycolic acid to their skin at home. This promotes better absorption during the actual peel to follow.
In the office, after first cleansing your skin, we paint the glycolic acid onto the skin. It is left on for a length of time, depending on the concentration used. When the appropriate amount of surface skin has been sloughed off, we rinse the acid off. The skin will appear red after your peel and will remain that way for a couple of days. There will also be some light peeling during that time.
What are the benefits?
Although the least aggressive type of chemical peels, glycolic peels lighten acne scars and prevent future breakouts. They are used to treat oily skin, enlarged pores, and skin pigmentation problems. They also reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and a