Glycolic acid is an exfoliant that removes the outermost layer of dead skin cells. After the dead cells are removed, the skin is left looking refreshed and rejuvenated.
Glycolic acid is part of the alpha hydroxy acid family (glycolic, lactic and citric acid). Glycolic acid is extracted from fruits, sugar beets and sugar cane. Although it is the most mild of the acids that are used on the skin, it is still quite powerful.
What are the benefits of glycolic acid?
• improves melasma
• decreases sun spots
• improves acne
• improves scarring
• improves fine lines
• improves hyperpigmentation
• improves tone and texture
• increases skin cell turnover for more radiant skin
How does a glycolic acid treatment work?
Just like any other chemical peel, there are different strengths of glycolic acid, though most glycolic peels are gentle on the epidermis (outermost layer of skin).
Glycolic acid is commonly found in at home toners that can be used a few times a month once the skin is tolerant to it. If you are not seeing much improvement with at-home use, it’s best to come in for a chemical peel with a master aesthetician. In-office glycolic acid peels are usually stronger and the formulation is different. A higher concentration means greater benefits provided in a safe setting.
Are there side effects?
As with any cosmetic procedure, there are possible risks involved, though minimal. Possible side effects include redness, inflammation, irritation, pigmentation and/or scarring. To minimize risk, it’s important to consult with an expert who understands different skin types with the training and credentials to safely treat patient with a variety of options. Patients with sensitive skin should start slow with a more mild concentration.
If you have an active sunburn, skin infection, or are currently taking any skin medication such as Accutane or retinol, be sure to mention this during your initial consultation.
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