Glycolic peels involve the use of a glycolic acid to remove the damaged outer layers of facial skin, thus helping to improve skin texture. Peels can be a helpful treatment for uneven skin pigmentation, large pores and wrinkles. Additionally, they may aid in the treatment and control of acne, the removal of pre-cancerous skin growths and the reduction of facial scarring caused by acne.
Glycolic acid is the smallest member, molecularly speaking, of the alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) family. Naturally derived from sugarcane or rhubarb, glycolic acid has a superior ability to loosen the bond between dead skin cells in the skin’s outermost layer, the stratum corneum, thus allowing excess dead skin cells to be removed.
Optimal results from a glycolic peel are achieved after several treatments. Each treatment involves little or no downtime. Side effects may include temporary redness, and dry and/or flaky skin. Following each treatment, the use of sunscreen is essential, as skin is more sensitive to UV exposure.