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A glycolic acid peel is a rejuvenation procedure that chemically exfoliates a thin outer layer of dead skin cells to reduce the appearance of skin imperfections and discolourations for a more radiant, glowing complexion. The use of natural glycolic acid at different concentrations also allows actives to penetrate deep into the skin to stimulate the production of collagen. Glycolic peels can also help prevent acne breakouts by killing acne-causing bacteria.
Glycolic acid (a type of alpha-hydroxy acid, or AHA) is a natural product derived either from sugar or, as with the product used at Dermapure, fruit acids. It works on both the surface and in the deeper layers of the skin, breaking down fat molecules that bond dead and dry cells to the skin. Similar to the rough corns that form on the heels of the feet, a layer of dead cells can also build up on any skin surface. By eliminating these dead layers, skin appears smoother and is significantly more receptive to the ingredients contained in cosmeceuticals, helping improve their effectiveness when applied.
The most popular treatment area for a glycolic acid peel is the face, but it can also be applied to the neck and chest areas. The back is another popular treatment area, especially when it comes to improving the appearance of acne scars.
The procedure is performed in clinic and it takes only 30 minutes for the full effects of the glycolic acid peel solution to be felt. Localized redness or tightness, as well as scaling are to be expected in the 24 hours following the procedure.
Removing surface impurities and all traces of makeup are the first steps in a glycolic acid peel treatment. It’s important to start off with a clean canvas—the treatment is wiped down with a gauze pad pre-soaked in alcohol to remove any oily film from the surface.
The technician uses a brush to carefully apply the liquid glycolic acid solution over the entire surface of the treated area while your eyes are protected by goggles. The first peel is always applied at a lower 20% concentration. This concentration may be increased to 40% in follow-up sessions, if recommended by the technician. You may feel a slight tingling or burning sensation on your skin as the glycolic acid’s exfoliating action takes effect. This is perfectly normal.
The glycolic acid solution is left on your skin for about five minutes to allow it to react. This may vary slightly depending on the degree of skin reaction and the concentration used. The technician will set a timer and will monitor your skin closely for any visible signs of reaction during the procedure.
The exfoliating process can be stopped easily with cold water. The technician gently rinses the treatment area with a clear water compress to neutralize the product. The skin is instantly soothed.
As a final touch, the skin is hydrated using a combination of high-performance anti-aging products. Now is the perfect time to discuss your at-home skincare routine with your technician, who can recommend adjustments tailored to your specific skin needs.
Price varies according to treatment area.
You may be eligible for a discount if you purchase several sessions at once. Ask your clinic for more details!
Glycolic acid peel is a skin maintenance treatment. For optimal results, a glycolic acid peel should be scheduled every change of season. We also recommend 5 to 6 follow-up sessions, performed every two weeks (optionally alternating with microdermabrasion) to remove several layers of dead skin cells and improve skin tone and texture.
Individuals with extremely sensitive or acne-prone skin should not use this type of exfoliation.