Glycolic acid is a type of Alpha Hydroxy Acid, which is derived from natural fruits and sugar cane. Repeated applications of alpha hydroxy acids to the skin can help reduce sun induced aging (fine lines, pigment spots and rougher scaly blemishes) which improves the overall texture and smoothness of the skin.
A fruit based solution is applied to your face and left on for a few minutes. During the treatment facial, you will experience tingling or stinging sensation. After 3-5 minutes, the solution is rinsed off the face. A mild tingling may persist for an hour or so after the facial is completed. After three hours, you may resume normal skin care. The immediate reaction is mild pinkness which may last a about a day. A series of 4-6 glycolic acid treatment facials are performed over a period of 12 weeks, with increasing concentrations of glycolic acid each time.
Improvements in fine lines; color and texture are cumulative and can often be appreciated after just a few treatments. Improvement can then be maintained through the continued use of home skin care products and monthly in-office facials.
What is the difference between a glycolic peel and laser peel?
A glycolic peel is a superficial exfoliant derived from fruit acids that work well primarily on very fine lines and abnormal pigmentation. Laser resurfacing goes one step further in eliminating deeper and more substantial wrinkles, acne scars and skin pigmentation.
How long does it take to see the results of a glycolic acid treatment program?
Improvements in fine lines; color and texture are cumulative and can often be appreciated after just a few treatments.
Are glycolic facial peels painful?
A slight warm or stinging sensation is felt during and shortly after the treatment, and is tolerated very well by patients.
If I am currently using other facial products, must I stop these?
The treatments may certainly be used in conjunction with Retin-A and prescription skin lightening creams, however, your skin care regimen may be modified and tailored based on your goals.