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What Are the Benefits of a Glycolic Peel?

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The glycolic peel is one of the mildest among the types of chemical peel treatments. This does not in any way mean however that glycolic peels are inferior to other chemical peels. In fact, glycolic peels are highly recommended for dry, uneven and mildly wrinkled skin because of the positive results that regular treatments bring about[1].

Benefits of Glycolic Peel Treatments

Glycolic peel procedures cause your skin to regenerate because the old and damaged skin will peel off[2]. This is also known as chemexfoliation or derma-peeling[3].

Apart from giving your skin a noticeably cleaner, brighter and smoother appearance, glycolic peels have been proven to bring about the following benefits: reduces wrinkles caused by sun damage and aging particularly around the eyes and mouth, lightens mild scars, treats acne, lightens age spots, lightens freckles and evens out the skin that is uneven due to hormonal changes or damage[4].

The benefits of glycolic peel treatments are not limited to the face as the procedure can be performed on the hands, neck and other body parts that require such treatment as well.

What Is The Glycolic Peel Procedure?

Another benefit of undergoing glycolic peel treatments is that the entire procedure is fast and relatively simple. You dermatologist or skin care technician will first clean you skin so as to ensure that no oils or dirt will get in the way of the treatment. Because glycolic peels are mild, you will not require any anesthesia or pain-killers prior to undergoing the treatment.

Your doctor or nurse will then apply a chemical solution made from glycolic acid or a combination of alphahydroxy acids that provide a similarly light level of chemical peeling, particularly glycolic acid with lactic acid, salicylic acid and maleic acid[5]. The solution is applied using a brush on each area of the skin that requires treatment. Afterwards, your skin will be sprayed on with water or a neutralizing solution before the glycolic peel is wiped off your face.

 

Resources

[1]“Chemical Peel: Minimally Invasive Procedure.” The American Society of Plastic Surgeons. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons, n.d. Web. 1 Aug. 2011. <http://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/chemical-peel.html?sub=Special%20considerations,%20risks%20and%20recovery#content>.

[2]“Chemical Peels: Conditions They Treat, What to Expect .” WebMD – Better information. Better health.. N.p., n.d. Web. 1 Aug. 2011. <http://www.webmd.com/healthy-beauty/guide/cosmetic-procedures-chemical-peel-treatments>.

[3] “Chemical Peels: Conditions They Treat, What to Expect .” WebMD – Better information. Better health.. N.p., n.d. Web. 1 Aug. 2011. <http://www.webmd.com/healthy-beauty/guide/cosmetic-procedures-chemical-peel-treatments>.

[4]“Chemical Peel: Minimally Invasive Procedure.” The American Society of Plastic Surgeons. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons, n.d. Web. 1 Aug. 2011. <http://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/chemical-peel.html?sub=Special%20considerations,%20risks%20and%20recovery#content>.

[5]“Chemical Peel: Minimally Invasive Procedure.” The American Society of Plastic Surgeons. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons, n.d. Web. 1 Aug. 2011. <http://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/chemical-peel.html?sub=Special%20considerations,%20risks%20and%20recovery#content>.

 

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