Glycolic chemical peels are effective treatments for creating younger, smoother-looking skin without having to undergo highly invasive procedures. During chemical peels, topical agents are placed on the face to create controlled damage in a targeted area. These chemicals slough away old, damaged skin cells while enhancing natural collagen production so that new, healthy skin is revealed. Chemical peels and Glycolic chemical peels have many cosmetic benefits.
Eliminate Dry, Damaged Skin in a Nominal Amount of Time
With glycolic chemical peels, glycolic acid is used as the main component for creating controlled skin damage. Derived from cane sugar, this acid is frequently used in acne and wrinkle treatments. When used as part of a chemical peel, it breaks down the rough, dry skin on the surface of the treated area so that a new and undamaged layer of skin becomes visible. This creates a fresh, bright complexion with fewer fine lines, wrinkles, superficial scars and blemishes.
Stimulate Collagen Production with Controlled Damage
Creating controlled damage at the surface of the skin additionally triggers the body’s natural repair processes. This in turn has an impact on collagenesis, creating a significant and lasting increase in normal collagen production. Extra collagen will fill in fine lines and can play a major role in staving off additional signs of aging.
Glycolic Chemical Peels Can Reduce Excess Sebum Production
People with overactive sebaceous glands often have very oily skin and regularly suffer from acne breakouts. In addition to sloughing away dead, damaged skin, glycolic chemical peels will limit the production of excess sebum that may be the source of acne breakouts. With a single treatment, acne sufferers can look forward to clearer, smoother skin, fewer blemishes and less superficial scarring.
How Glycolic Chemical Peels Work
Glycolic chemical peels do not need to be performed in conjunction with any other type of cosmetic treatment. This is a relatively light peel, and thus, it does not entail any severe side effects. A light, topical solution containing glycolic acid will be placed on the treatment area and left for several minutes. The length of this application will depend on your goals for the peel and the related depth. Once the peel has been washed away, you will be ready to go.
Given that pain both during and after this treatment is minimal, pain relievers are not typically required. People often feel moderate discomfort due to minor skin irritation immediately after their treatments; however, this discomfort will usually abate within one to two days, maybe sooner.
What to Expect After a Glycolic Chemical Peel
At Rao Dermatology, your treatment provider will give you detailed instructions on how to care for your skin after a glycolic chemical peel. Minor redness and irritation can be minimized with proper moisturizing and hydrating techniques. Patients are often advised to limit sun exposure and to wear good sun block due to increased sun sensitivity during the first several days after treatment. As old, damaged skin gradually peels away, you can look forward to a bright, fresh and healthy complexion. If one glycolic peel is not sufficient for achieving your treatment goals, your provider may recommend additional peels in the future. This is often necessary for successfully reducing the signs of severe acne breakouts and moderate to severe, acne scarring.
If you are interested in experiencing the skin rejuvenating effects of a glycolic chemical peel, our team at Rao Dermatology can help. As skin care experts, we can customize your treatment to your skin’s needs and your aesthetic goals. Contact Rao Dermatology today to schedule your consultation.