WHY CHOOSE Glycolic Facial peel
Chemical peeling is a procedure performed by dermatologists to improve photo aging skin, acne scars, fine lines, deep wrinkles, melasma, and redness due to rosacea. There are different types of peel available that penetrate varying layers of the skin such as salicylic acid, glycolic acid, lactic acid, and trichloroacetic acid amongst a few. There are three types of peel that are performed depending on your skin concerns: superficial, medium-depth, and deep peels. Your dermatologist will decide on what type of peel will best address your skin problems.
How does the skin peel work?
The glycolic facial peel is used to exfoliate and rejuvenate the skin. It helps to treat acne, acne scars, sun damage, and pigmentation. It also has benefits in treating lines and wrinkles. The peel can be used on the face, but also on other body parts e.g. neck, chest, back and hands.
How long does it take for results to show?
The glycolic facial peel is a 30-45min procedure which generates immediate results. You can return to work immediately after with a clearer, younger appearance. If you follow a recommended course of peels (4-6 sessions), you can expect results to last up to 6 months (depending on individual).
Are there any side effects / is it painful?
The glycolic peel is a safe procedure, you may experience some soreness or irritation afterwards, however they should quickly subside. There is a small risk of infection, as with every procedure, however our trained therapists will make every attempt to minimise this. This procedure is not typically painful.
Who can benefit from treatment?
The skin peel is available for anyone – it simply replenishes your skin to provide a more vibrant and youthful look. Results are enhanced in those suffering from acne, sun damaged, or wrinkled skin. However they are also effective for removing dark spots, and other pigmented patches.
How does it work
The glycolic peel will typically start with a low dose during the first two sessions. As your skin builds up a resistance, the dose is increased. This is why our therapists will recommend a short course of 4-6 sessions for optimal results.
Please do not use makeup before this procedure.
Most patients experience noticeable results in just one session. New skin layer begins to appear for about a week after the peel. We recommend at least 4-6 sessions for optimal results. Because glycolic acid stimulates collagen production, your skin will feel supple, refreshed, and more even-toned over the course of the treatment.
Dermagical glycolic facial peel is a non-invasive and painless treatment for age-related skin damage, which also prevents the formation of skin lesions caused by UV radiation. While it is generally safe and gentle for all skin types, it may cause some side effects at higher concentrations:
- Stinging sensation
- Temporary post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation
- Flaking (skin peeling)
Precautions and Contraindications
If you are taking Accutane (isotretinoin), you need to wait six months from your last dose before undergoing a chemical peel. Accutane makes your skin extra sensitive, which could increase the risk of complications. This treatment is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women. Other contraindications for using the peel include:
- The presence of infection (herpes simplex) or allergies at the treatment area
- Recent laser treatment performed on the skin such as depilation or microdermabrasion
- Predisposition to post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation
What is glycolic facial peel?
The glycolic facial peel is a type of chemical peel that uses glycolic acid as an exfoliating agent. Glycolic acid is the most common alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) used for superficial or medium depth peeling, naturally derived from cane sugar and safe enough to use on sensitive skin. The peel sloughs off dead skin cells and stimulates depigmentation and revitalization. This is due to the remodeling of elastin and collagen fibers that keep the skin supple and young-looking.
Benefits of glycolic facial peel:
- Removes dirt and toxins from pores
- Shrinks the appearance of pores
- Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
- Provides a brighter and more even complexion
- Calms acne lesions
- Improves acne scars
How does glycolic facial peel work?
Glycolic peels provide gentle exfoliation by getting rid of dead skin cells in the epidermis that contribute to clogged pores, which eventually lead to enlarged pore size, acne, and other blemishes. Glycolic acid has the smallest molecules amongst alpha hydroxy acids, thus it can easily penetrate the skin. What it actually does is dissolve the glue-like substances that bind dead skin cells together. By removing the dead skin cells and other impurities from the outermost layer of the skin, a brighter, smoother, and more radiant skin is revealed.
The face is the most commonly treated area for glycolic facial peel, but it can also be applied on the neck, chest, and back. Aside from exfoliation, glycolic acid also has an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effect, which can help with active acne lesions such as papulopustular and cystic acne. We mainly use medical-grade Tebiskin® products for cleansing and peeling. These revolutionary anti-aging products are clinically-tested and proven safe for professional use.
- A full analysis and assessment from our trained consultant are required prior to treatment. All information regarding the peel and what to expect from it will be discussed beforehand.
- You may be required to discontinue taking certain medications a few days before the peel. Likewise, you must avoid direct sun exposure or tanning at least 2 weeks before the peel.
- The peeling solution will be applied to your skin using a brush or cotton applicator. You may experience a warm or stinging sensation during the procedure.
- The skin will then be neutralized and a post-peel cream is applied.
- Avoid excessive sun exposure and always protect your skin from UV rays when going outdoors.
- Your skin may feel red, itchy, and quite sensitive after the peel. You would also experience “frosting” (flaky crusting), depending on the percentage of glycolic acid used. Do not pick at this skin crusts as it can lead to scarring or uneven skin tone.