A glycolic acid peel is one type of cosmetic treatment that uses a special acid solution to reveal smoother, younger-looking skin. The acid weakens the lipids that bond the skin together. Along with the product, dead skin cells, excessive pore-clogging oil and other debris are removed and the new, healthy skin is exposed. Glycolic acid peels are considered medium-grade peels, which mean they target the epidermis or top layer of skin and do not reach deeper layers of skin.
There are over-the-counter products for glycolic acid peels, but since they are sold to the general public, they must by law be very mild and may not give you the results you expect. When you get a peel from our professional, the strength is selected for your skin type and purpose of the peel. The results may give you smooth, clear skin for months.
What are the Cosmetic Benefits?
There are many benefits of a glycolic acid peel depending on the reason you need one. Here are just some of the main benefits.
Glycolic acid peels are one of the best treatments for acne outbreaks and acne scars. We can make the peel strong enough to remove or reduce the appearance of acne scars. The peel also removes the cause of acne breakouts, including follicles clogged with excess sebum that is mixed with dead skin cells and has become a breeding ground for the bacteria that is normally on your face. Your skin looks brighter with a more even tone.
Reduces Large Pores
Enlarged pores on the face can be unattractive. They look large when they get full of dirt, oil and bacteria. This results in blackheads and whiteheads. These are mild forms of acne that appear in the superficial layers of skin. Blackheads are the same as whiteheads except that the dirt and dead skin is exposed to the air. Whiteheads are still sealed closed. A glycolic acid peel removes the surface layer of skin along with the dirt and oil, effectively removing the blackheads and whiteheads and reducing the appearance of pores.
Treats Sun-Damaged Skin
Both men and women who expose their skin to the sun on a regular basis may develop dark spots. While tanning, which is harmful to the skin, may fade over time, the dark spots may not. They are also called age spots because they usually develop after years of exposure to the sun. A glycolic acid peel may remove the skin discoloration and dark spots. It stimulates new skin cell growth and the production of collagen, a protein which is the main component of tissue, especially skin tissue. The skin becomes clearer with a brighter tone and a more youthful appearance.
Reduces the Signs of Aging
Large pores, fine lines and wrinkles, age spots and dull-looking skin are all signs of aging that aren’t necessary. A glycolic acid peel can treat each of these symptoms and leave the skin looking fresh and more youthful.
What to Expect
When you meet and talk to our skin specialist, your skin issues can be examined and evaluated. If a glycolic acid peel is a good cosmetic treatment to remove your skin imperfections, we will review your medical history. Our specialist will examine the tone and thickness of your skin as this will determine the strength of the peel and the possible outcome.
We will discuss your expectations and motivation for desiring a chemical peel. You can ask any questions you have and learn how many treatments you may need to get the desired results.
The treatment is done in our office. You will most likely notice smoother skin after the first treatment. Sun damage can reverse the good results, so take care to protect your face from the sun.
You will be asked to avoid exposure to the sun and use sunscreen after the treatment. You should avoid certain cosmetics, and our specialist can recommend the best moisturizers and other cosmetics for your skin type. A glycolic acid peel does not reach into the deeper layers of skin. You are most likely a good candidate if you’re a healthy adult dealing with acne, acne scars, wrinkles, or pigmentation issues.
Learn More During a Consultation
A glycolic acid peel is considered a medium chemical peel that removes the top layer of skin and the very top of the middle layer. It is a good treatment for acne and acne scars as well as brown spots, fine lines and wrinkles, and it could work for you. When you visit Bella Forma CSC & Medspa, your skin will be evaluated for a glycolic acid peel, and you can learn more about the process and if it is your best option for clearer, brighter skin. Our office is conveniently located in Duluth, GA. Contact us today to book your appointment and get started!