Most facial peels dissolve the outer skin layer to reveal smoother skin nestled underneath. Some of the common facial peels used today are Glycolic acid peel, TCA peel, Lactic acid peel and salicylic peels.
Of the different types of Alpha hydroxyl acids which are used in facial peels, glycolic acid is the smallest. It is a light peel with a quick recovery time which can be accommodated even during your lunch break. One of the best ways to slow the natural skin ageing process is to use glycolic peel.
Glycolic peels unlike other chemical peels is more of a surface peel i.e. they do not penetrate the deeper layers of the skin. Glycolic acid which is used in preparing this peel is derived from sugar cane which is rich in AHA’s. However glycolic acid peels use glycolic acids in addition to other chemical agents.
As we grow older our body’s ability to renew damaged skin cells slowly decelerates. As a result the skin appears dry and damaged. Glycolic peels work on the dead upper layers of skin by loosening the material which binds the skin cells together.
As the outer layers of skin are peeled away, new skin hidden below can appear faster. Glycolic acid peels create an even skin tone and helps in reducing age spots, brown spots and fine lines.
People suffering from acne can also use glycolic peels as they help in unblocking the pores. Glycolic peels also help in reducing acne scars. Regular usage of glycolic peels can even improve the production of skin collagen. Glycolic peels also help in fading out melasma, freckles and hyper-pigmentation. Sun damaged skin can also benefit from the usage of this peel.
Glycolic acid peels normally range in strength from twenty to seventy percent depending on how sensitive your skin is. While applying a glycolic peel the person experience a mild stinging sensation and there may be some superficial redness to the skin which will disappear in a few days.
Glycolic peels performed under proper supervision normally costs about $120. The effects of glycolic peels last for fifteen to twenty days after which the process needs to be repeated.