Glycolic skin peels can help rejuvenate the skin by improving texture and appearance with no downtime. The peel has a high concentration of skin friendly Acids. Glycolic peels are only available to doctors and hence is required to be prescribed by a doctor.
What are the benefits?
Glycolic Acid is generally regarded to be the most active and beneficial of the Alpha-Hydroxy-Acids in skin care. It is a naturally occurring acid, usually found in certain plants and fruit.
When applied, Glycolic Acid reacts with the outer layer (epidermal) of the skin cells, weakening the binding properties of the lipids (the ‘glue’) that hold the dead cells together. This is the mechanism that allows the damaged outer skin layer to “peel off “to reveal the underlying new skin cells. In addition, Glycolic Acid can penetrate into the new skin cells membrane, stimulating them to generate elastic fibres.
Skin peels can be useful in the treatment of superficial wrinkles of the face, neck, upper chest, arms, uneven pigmentation problems on the face and hands, enlarged facial pores, superficial acne scars, age (liver) spots and dry areas.
How long will it take to see a difference?
Improvement in texture and smoothness may be seen after the first peel, however more often this is seen after 2 -3 peels. Improvement in the appearance of uneven pigmentation is slower to respond. Maximum benefits are usually noticeable after 2 months and are enhanced with the daily use of glycolic acid in your cream / lotion.