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Chemically exfoliating a thin outer layer of dead skin cells, eliminating impurities, tightening pores and giving an overall radiance boost – that is what glycolic acid peels are all about. Unlike mechanical exfoliations, acid peels use natural fruit acids in various concentrations to trigger a chemical reaction that stimulates collagen production. It is a great seasonal change habit to adopt, and is also an excellent starting point for any rejuvenation treatment.
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 discolorations, and restores an overall glow. The use of natural glycolic acid at various concentrations also allows reaching deeper layers of the skin and stimulating collagen production. It can even help prevent acne breakouts by killing acne-causing bacteria.
Glycolic acid (a type of alpha hydroxy acids, or AHAs) is a natural product derived either from sugars or, as in the case of the product used at Dermapure, from fruit acids. It works both on the surface and in the deeper layers of the skin, breaking down fat molecules that bond dead and dry cells to the skin. Just like the rough corns that form on the heels of the feet, a layer of dead cells also builds up on any skin surface. By eliminating these dead layers, the skin appears smoother and prepped for cosmeceuticals, thus improving their effectiveness.
The most popular area for treatment with glycolic acid peels is the face, but it may also be used on the neck and chest areas. The back is another in-demand treatment area, in particular to improve the appearance of acne scars.
The procedure is performed in clinic and takes only 30 minutes to take full advantage of the power of the glycolic acid peel solution. Localized redness or tightness, as well as scaling are to be expected over the 24 hours following the procedure.
Removing surface impurities and all traces of makeup are the first step of a glycolic acid peel treatment. A clean canvas is essential, which means that the treatment area will be also wiped with a gauze pad soaked in alcohol to remove any oil film from the surface.
The technician carefully applies the liquid glycolic acid solution with a brush over the entire surface of the treated area. The eyes are protected with goggles. The first peel is always done with a lower, around 20%, concentration of the peel solution. This concentration can be increased to 40% in the following sessions, as recommended by the technician. Your skin may tingle and feel hot as the glycolic acid begins its exfoliating action. These are normal reactions.
The glycolic acid solution is left on the skin to react for about five minutes. The exact time will vary slightly depending on the skin reaction and the concentration used. The technician will set a timer and will keep a close eye for any visible signs throughout the procedure.
The exfoliating process can be stopped simply with cold water. The technician gently rinses the treatment area with a clear water compress to neutralize the product. The skin is instantaneously soothed.
As the finishing touch, the skin is hydrated with a combination of high-performance antiaging products. It is a perfect moment to discuss your at-home skincare routine with the technician and to make adjustments based on your skin needs.
The price varies based on the 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 by itself and is recommended at least at each change of season. A course of five to six sessions performed every two weeks (alternating with microdermabrasion or not) may also be considered to remove several layers of dead skin cells and to improve the tone and texture of the skin.
People with extremely sensitive and acne-prone skin should not use this type of exfoliation.