Glycolic Peels – What to Expect

Aesthetic dermatology services such as chemical peels are gaining more and more attention as a valiant effort to combat the signs of aging. As far as facial chemical peels go, a glycolic peel is among the mildest and most popular. This is likely due to the fact that glycolic acid is considered natural, a fruit acid from sugar cane. Don’t be fooled though, this fruit acid is strong enough to get the job done when it comes to eliminating those unwanted signs of aging and skin damage. This type of chemical peel works by accelerating the removal of the dry thickened outer layer of skin. Glycolic Peels are effective in helping your skin with the following:

  • Reducing fine lines under the eyes and around the mouth
  • Treating wrinkles caused by sun damage and aging
  • Improving the appearance of mild scars
  • Treating certain types of acne
  • Reducing age spots, freckles, and dark patches (melasma) due to pregnancy or taking birth control pills
  • Improving areas of sun damage

What can you expect during a Glycolic Peel? A professional will first clean your skin thoroughly. Your chemical solution, glycolic acid, will then be applied to small areas of your skin (hands, face or neck). This will create a controlled wound or blister, which allows new skin to take its place. It is normal to feel a burning sensation for about five to ten minutes followed by brief stinging. A cool compress is usually all that is needed to ease discomfort, but pain medication can also used after a deeper chemical peel. Patients typically have a very mild and quick recovery time when they choose a Glycolic Peel. This makes it a great option for first-timers who have mild wrinkles or age spots. Be sure to tell your doctor of any medications you are taking prior to the procedure. Certain medications may need to be stopped or may change your skin’s reaction to a chemical peel.

Olansky Dermatology Associates offers glycolic peels to patients followed by a relaxing massage of the face, shoulders, and neck, all while enjoying soothing and calming aromatherapy. What better way to experience years taken away from your face!

Posted on behalf of Olansky Dermatology & Aesthetics