The history of skin peels dates back to ancient Egypt.
Even in those times, Egyptian women benefitted from the goodness of milk and sugarcane juice to beautify their skins.
As sour milk contains lactic acid – alpha hydroxy acid – it rejuvenates the skin and enhances its texture.
Moreover, glycolic acid, which comes from natural sugarcane, focuses on skin exfoliation and results in ultimate skin rejuvenation.
They were convinced of the aesthetic and cosmetic goodness of the chemical peels. And since then, the chemical peels, especially glycolic peel, has been known to bestow the much-needed health and wondrous glow to tired skin.
Beneficial properties of Glycolic Peel
Thanks to the amazing properties of glycolic acid like penetration, cleansing, rejuvenation, and significantly improving the ageing signs, cosmeticians, aestheticians and dermatologists have been using it in skincare treatments for a long time.
Due to its exfoliation properties – removal of dead skin cells − glycolic acid is primarily found in products like cleansers, serums, and facial pads. However, apart from sloughing off the dead skin, glycolic acid is known to benefit your skin and appearance a lot more if applied in the right concentration.
If you are ‘in’ to know more about the glycolic peel and how alpha hydroxy acid does wonders to act against the ageing signs, lowering of sun damage and sun-spots, this is the post you don’t want to miss.
Let us tell you one more thing before we proceed; glycolic peel does magic to your skin; however, a miraculous change isn’t achieved without a few side effects.
So, here is everything you need to know about glycolic acid peel, like:
- What is glycolic acid?
- What to expect from the treatment?
- Its benefits and side effects
- Whether you are a suitable candidate for it or not
- Results gained from the treatment
- How to calm your skin post-treatment
What is Glycolic Acid?
It is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) known to exfoliate the skin chemically. AHAs shed the dead skin cells accumulated on the skin to unveil fresh, young and bright skin hidden beneath.
As alpha hydroxyl acid is water-soluble, they work best on the dry skin surface.
On the contrary, beta hydroxy acid or BHA, being oil soluble, infiltrates the pores. So, their working is equally good; on the surface as well as inside the pores.
This means AHAs like glycolic and lactic acid are tailor-made for normal-to-dry, sun-damaged, tired and lifeless skin. What does that mean? If city life is getting the better of you and you’re spending most of the time under the sun, or you are suffering from worn out and sun-damaged skin, AHAs are for you.
What can you expect during the treatment?
It all starts with prepping your skin.
The aesthetician will cleanse your skin using acetone. It is followed by the application of the glycolic peel.
The best practice demands that it should stay on the skin for 10-15 minutes.
The glycolic peel is formulated in 3 different strengths; Glycolic 40%, Glycolic 70% and Glycolic + Enzyme. Based on its strength, the client may experience a stinging or hot sensation on the skin.
The aesthetician may apply a soothing aloe vera gel or fan the skin to lower this uncomfortable feeling.
Talk to your aesthetician if the feeling persists. They will adjust the treatment according to your pain tolerance level.
Considering the situation, they may also prescribe an at-home skincare regime.
Considering the skin condition before the treatment and to gain the best results, the service provider may go for additional layers of the peel.
Peel booster ingredients may also be applied for a stronger effect.
Benefits of glycolic peel
If you are one of those unlucky people suffering from melasma, ageing signs, acne scars, sun damage, brown spots and dry skin, this treatment is perfect for you.
So, benefit from it and counter skin tone irregularities, the damage inflicted by the sun and reduce the ageing signs like fine lines, wrinkles and crow’s feet. It will also have a significant impact on acne scars.
Because glycolic acid is best for stimulating collagen, cell turnover, strengthening skin texture and improvement of skin tone, scientific studies show that going for a glycolic peel treatment every month for six months results in skin thickening.
Are you the right candidate? Let’s find out!
Leading doctors suggest that glycolic peels are ideal for people who have normal skin dryness and want to tackle the villains of skin dryness, sun damage, and hyperpigmentation. Because AHAs have shown excellent results for people wanting to improve their skin texture and lower the damage inflicted by the harsh rays of the sun.
As opposed to AHAs, beta hydroxy acids or BHAs like salicylic acid are deemed adequate for oily, acne-prone skin and clogged pores.
Are there any side effects of it?
It would be great if you mentally prepare yourself for the redness post-treatment. However, skin turning red after the application of glycolic peel isn’t something to worry about.
However, it may hamper your work progress, like you may not be able to attend your office the next day.
You may also feel a slight stinging and burning sensation during the treatment known to subside, ranging from a few hours to a couple of days. Apart from redness, flaking and irritation are other conditions you may have to suffer after the treatment.
Lastly, your skin can become sensitive for a few days after the treatment. To cope with this, it is highly recommended to use SPF 50 or above sunblock and keep yourself under the shade for a few days following the treatment.
How to calm your skin post-treatment?
Now that you know that you are vulnerable to redness, stinging and burning sensation due to the glycolic treatment, it is pertinent to soothe your skin and abnegate any unwanted feeling of discomfort.
Here is what you should be doing apart from avoiding the cruel sun.
The doctor will recommend you a cool compress (not cold) to be used after the peel.
You can apply it directly to your skin for a few minutes.
Repeat the process several times a day until you feel that the side effects or the downtime have subsided.
A cool towel or soft cloth will do the job perfectly instead of solid ice wrapped inside a cloth or applied directly.
You can ask your service provider about it, and they will guide you better.
You also know that your skin is prone to flaking once the treatment is over.
We know the temptation of picking the skin can be irresistible. Flaking is normal, and it means the skin is heading towards recovery. However, you need to be patient. Because picking the skin will only slow down the healing process and nothing more.
Stay under the shade
Stay under the shade and practice proper precautions if, in any case, you have to go out.
Exposure to the sun will only worsen the brown spots and may put you in trouble. Wrap your face, put on a large hat and apply SPF 50 or above sunscreen generously before going out.
Still, we suggest you avoid the sun completely after the treatment, as it is better for you.
Use doctor-recommended creams and lotions
After the treatment, talk to your doctor or cosmetician regarding the skincare products. They will definitely advise soothing and gentle skin products. Not using mild skin care products can land you in trouble. The downtime can increase worsening your skin condition.
You can use aloe vera based creams, rose water and anything mild recommended by your doctor.
For great results
To achieve the desired outcome like healthy skin texture, fresh and rejuvenated skin, you’ll have to go for multiple treatments.
Although you will see visible results even after one treatment, we at Expert Centre suggest you complete a course of six treatments spaced at 1-2 weeks for optimal results.
Believe it or not, after a complete course of six sessions of glycolic peel, you will proudly own your transformed skin. The unveiling of a fresh layer from underneath will make you look younger. The ageing signs will be decreased. It will be more radiant and illuminated like never before.
You will be seeing a completely new you after a few days of the treatment, as it takes around 1-3 days for the skin to heal after the treatment.
Book your treatment at the best clinic in London
To attain all benefits of glycolic acid peel, it is imperative to book your treatment at the best clinic in London, Expert Centre.
Here, in our elite clinic, you will be received by our highly experienced and foreign qualified staff.
They will take you through the complete process and go through your skin conditions to tailor the treatment based on your skin type and troubling issues. Furthermore, at Expert Centre, we use the highest grade chemical peel products suitable for your skin to achieve optimal results.
The best part about our treatment is that our industry-leading experts can perform the treatment at the comfort of your house too. Or you can choose one of our ultra-modern clinics spread at the best locations throughout London. You call!
Book now and avail yourself an amazing 20% discount on your glycolic peel treatment.