Exfoliants play a significant role in nearly all skincare regimens. They help remove those dead cells in the skin responsible for hyperpigmentation and other cosmetic concerns in order to give you a rejuvenated appearance. But since exfoliants come in many different types, it can be hard to choose the one that suits your requirements. The best way to choose an exfoliant is to analyze its benefits, side effects, and whether the treatment is worth your money and time.
Glycolic Acid Peel is a skin exfoliation treatment that has recently gained immense popularity. Let’s explore how this peeling treatment may help with skin rejuvenation.
Table of Contents
- 1 What is Glycolic Acid Peel?
- 2 Amazing Benefits of Glycolic Peel
- 3 Who is a Good Candidate for a Glycolic Peel?
- 4 Pre-Treatment Care
- 5 How is Glycolic Peel Done?
- 6 Post Treatment Care
- 7 What to Expect After a Glycolic Peel?
- 8 How Often Should I Do a Glycolic Acid Peel?
- 9 Glycolic Peel FAQs
- 10 Schedule an Appointment
What is Glycolic Acid Peel?
A glycolic acid peel is based on alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) and is known to improve skin health and appearance by improving its tone, texture, and complexion. This peeling treatment helps remove impurities from the uppermost layer of the skin, also known as the stratum corneum. As a result, you get smoother skin free of dark pigments, scars, and spots. It has become a preferred choice of skin therapists due to its ability to improve skin health and appearance, regardless of the skin type.
The small molecular structure allows this peeling solution to get absorbed into the thin layer of skin to reach a particular depth of the dermis and treat several underlying skin conditions, including hyperpigmentation. This peeling solution also dissolves excess sebum, clearing congestion and dead skin cells from skin pores.
Amazing Benefits of Glycolic Peel
Glycolic peeling is a skin glow treatment aimed to improve your facial appearance by:
- Treating dark pigments due to pollution, dirt, and excess sunlight exposure
- Addressing different skin concerns like scars, acne spots, and wrinkles
- Reducing age spots
- Removing excess oil from the skin pores
In general, this treatment addresses the following skin concerns:
- Uneven skin tone
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- freckles and blemishes
This treatment also stimulates collagen production, improving skin elasticity and firmness and giving you a youthful appearance. However, it is worth mentioning that glycolic acid peel is not a dedicated treatment for skin sagginess. It may correct only minor laxity.
Who is a Good Candidate for a Glycolic Peel?
People with fair skin and light facial hair are usually better candidates for a glycolic peel treatment. That being said, you may still benefit from this skin peeling option if you have darker skin. But, it will depend on the problem being treated.
People with the following problems may not benefit from a glycolic acid peel:
- Prominent skin sagginess
- Wrinkled skin
Here are some pre-treatment care instructions you must follow to get good results from the glycolic acid peel.
- Ensure you haven’t used Accutane for the past 12 months before the day of treatment.
- Avoid sun exposure a week before the treatment.
- Avoid waxing, laser hair removal treatment, and depilatory creams a week before the treatment.
- Stop taking any product that contains benzoyl peroxide, BHA, Retinol, or AHA 2-3 days before a glycolic acid peel.
- Do not shave the treatment area on the day of treatment.
How is Glycolic Peel Done?
Glycolic acid peel treatment is performed in a dermatologist’s office. It is a quick and effective way to rejuvenate your facial skin.
The peeling solution used in this treatment generally has a 30-40% glycolic acid concentration. The dermatologist applies this solution to the skin and leaves it for two to three minutes before washing it off. The entire treatment lasts just a few minutes. This is why it is commonly known as the “lunchtime peel.”
When applied to the skin, glycolic acid peel causes only minor redness, burning, or discomfort. You may feel a slight stinging sensation, which is quite manageable. Hence, you may not need any anesthetic or numbing solution before the treatment.
Post Treatment Care
Be sure to follow aftercare instructions from your dermatologist. You may need to stick to the glycolic acid peel aftercare regimen for about 1-2 weeks. The standard post-treatment care instructions include the following:
- Keep the treated skin moisturized and lubricated.
- Avoid any skin-related products that cause dryness.
- Do not exfoliate your skin.
- Protect your skin from sun rays using a sunscreen of at least 30.
- Avoid smoking. Stay away from secondhand smoke as well.
- Use cold water to wash your skin.
- Do not use cosmetic products.
What to Expect After a Glycolic Peel?
Glycolic acid peel treatment causes slight redness, dryness, and peeling. Generally, the skin becomes red and feels tight right after the treatment. Some people may also notice the skin on the treated area sloughing and flaking. The degree of peeling will depend on the intensity of the peeling solution. Mild glycolic acid peeling causes ordinary sloughing, while stronger peeling solutions cause more dramatic peeling.
Although a glycolic acid peel is a milder version of chemical peels, it can still cause pain in the eyes after coming into contact. For this reason, dermatologists are particularly careful when applying this solution to the skin area around the eyes.
How Often Should I Do a Glycolic Acid Peel?
For a better cumulative effect, it is recommended that you get a glycolic acid peel every other week until you get a total of 8-10 peels. You will notice good results once you undergo all these treatment sessions.
Glycolic Peel FAQs
How much does a glycolic peel cost?
The starting price of glycolic acid peel is 500AED, and the final cost depends on different factors, such as the severity of skin condition, skin type, the required concentration of Glycolic acid in the solution, and the number of treatment sessions.
How long does glycolic acid peel take to work?
The glycolic acid peels take 2 days to 2 weeks to change the appearance of a candidate.
Is glycolic acid safe?
Yes, glycolic acid peel treatment is safe for most people. This is because glycolic acid used in this treatment has a milder effect than other acid peels.
Schedule an Appointment
Do you want to treat hyperpigmentation or rejuvenate your overall facial appearance? Glycolic acid peeling treatment may be the answer to all your concerns. That being said, you must get this treatment only from a skilled dermatologist. One of the top-rated facilities to get this treatment is EuroMed Clinic Dubai. Please fill in the online form below for more information or to book a consultation.
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