What is a glycolic treatment?

A glycolic peel is an alpha-hydroxyl-acid treatment that is non-toxic to skin cells. Glycolic peels are formulated with sugar cane and are the very popular because they are very effective and produce minimal side effects.

How does a glycolic treatment benefit me?

  • Softens fine lines
  • Wrinkle reduction
  • Increased smoothness of skin texture
  • Mild to moderate leveling of acne scars
  • Lightening of pigmentation irregularities (age spots and dark spots)
  • Even skin tone
  • Increased skin moisture
  • Increased skin radiance and glow
  • Minimization of pore size
  • Glycolic acid peels are also believed to stimulate the growth of collagen (a protein that gives the skin structure).

How does a glycolic treatment work for me?

A glycolic peel is a superficial peel that gently exfoliates the damaged layers of cells that are covering healthy cells. Improvement in the appearance of the skin is usually obtained after a series of treatments.

What can I expect during the treatment?

The treated area is cleansed and the glycolic solution is applied. The solution is left on for two to five minutes or as required. It is neutralized and followed by a custom designed post peel protocol. A few days after the treatment, your skin may look slightly red and may slightly peel, however you will notice a visible difference in the appearance of your skin, even after the first treatment. We will recommend an at-home regiment to maintain your new appearance.
We offer several different strengths of glycolic solutions. The stronger the concentration, the deeper the solution will dissolve unwanted, damaged tissue. A consultation will help determine which strength is best for you.

Am I a candidate for a glycolic treatment?

Almost anyone can benefit from a glycolic peel. The best way to control aging skin and reverse skin damage is through a regular exfoliation regiment. Glycolic peels are the most gentle of all the chemical peel preparations available, yet provide great exfoliation for the skin. Results from a series of glycolic peels are comparable to deeper peels, without complications.

How much downtime should I expect?

Glycolic peels are commonly referred to as “lunchtime peels” because they do not require long recovery periods or significant downtime. You can resume your daily activities, or return to work immediately after a glycolic treatment.

Are there any contraindications for a glycolic treatment?

There are not very many contraindications to a glycolic peel; however, if you have a skin disorder such as psoriasis or rosacea, you would not be a candidate for this peel. Women who are breast feeding or pregnant are also not advised to have a glycolic peel.

What should I do after a glycolic treatment?

Immediately after a glycolic peel you should avoid exposing the treated area to the sun for three hours. Three days following the treatment you should use a gentle cleanser, gentle moisturizer and avoid retinoic products or alpha hydroxyl products. If you plan to be in the sun, you should use a sun block with an SPF 30 or higher. Should you experience slight skin sloughing, make sure you do not scratch, pick or peel the skin while it is exfoliating.