CUSTOMIZED CHEMICAL PEELS
WHAT IS A GLYCOLIC AND LACTIC ACID PEEL?
Glycolic acids are made from sugar cane, and are used in topical treatments. Glycolic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) able to deeply penetrate the skin and stimmulate the production of new collagen. Glycolic is an exfoliant which weakens lipids (fats) that hold the surface (epidermal) dead skin cells. Removing these dead skin cells allows for live, smoother and even-toned skin beneath to radiate.
Lactic acid is derived from milk and although it has similar exfoliating benefits as glycolic acid, lactic acid also disinfects, hydrates, and smoothens the skin by breaking down keratin – an overabundance of keratin can lead to rough, thick skin texture. With any treatment, results vary for individual patient and cannot be guaranteed.
BENEFITS OF GLYCOLIC PEELS
- Rejuvenate the skin
- Stimulate collagen production
- Safe and effective for all skin types
- Painless treatment with minor side effects
- Effective acne treatment
- Requires no down time
AM I A GOOD CANDIDATE?
You are an excellent candidate for a glycolic peel if:
- Your skin is dull, dry, or rough
- You have clogged or enlarged pores
- You are prone to acne
- You wish to maintain skin’s even tone, fine pores, clarity
You should not have a glycolic peel treatment if you have:
- Sunburned skin
- Skin inflammation or infections
- Active acne
- Unhealed wounds
- Extremely sensitive skin
- Recently used other AHAs
- Recently taken or will take Accutane. Having glycolic treatments while on Accutane increases the risks of scarring and irritation. You must discontinue Accutane for 6-months prior to a glycolic peel treatment.
BEFORE THE TREATMENT
- You’ll have a consultation and an appropriate peel for your skin type and skin problems will be chosen.
- Most glycolic peels can be used year round, and can usually be safely applied before or after minimal exposure to the sun.
- Ensure you understand chemical peel contraindications. If you have any doubts about your candidacy because of skin problems, medications, or skin sensitivity, talk to your physician.
What happens during the treatment?
A skin cleanser will be applied to your skin followed by an alcohol preparation solution. The gel peel solution is then applied with a brush to your entire face (and any other areas to be treated).
Depending on the strength of the peel used, the gel will remain on your skin from 2-10 minutes. You may feel some tingling, temporary stinging and itchiness. After about 1 minute, these sensations subside and a fan will help cool your skin making you feel more comfortable.
A final rinse of your skin, followed by moisturizer and sunblock will be applied.
Treatment time: About 30 minutes.
AFTER THE TREATMENT
- Avoid heat such as a hot bath, sauna, or steam room for 24 hours post-treatment.
- Avoid alcohol consumption and strenuous exercise for 24 hours.
- It is recommended not to apply liquid makeup for 24 hours.
- Some people notice mild flaking 2-3 days after the treatment.
- Do not remove flaked skin by pulling, picking, or rubbing. This can cause discoloration and scarring.
- Wash your face with a gentle cleanser daily.
- Do not use wash cloths, mechanical scrubs, glycolic acid, salicylic acid, retinoids, skin lighteners, wax, or strong astringents for 7 days.
- Do not have electrolysis treatments or use depilatories (chemical hair removal) for 7 days.
- Avoid exposure to the sun as much as possible for 7 days.
- Use SPF 30 or higher sunscreen every day, even if you avoid the sun.
- Do not tan for at least 30 days.
Recovery time: no downtime required. Your skin may appear pink and may tingle for a few hours after the treatment.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?
- A course of 4 treatments is recommended, 1-2 weeks apart.
- 1 treatment every few months is also recommended to maintain the skin.