These simple, safe, non-invasive peels are a great way to improve the condition of your skin.
The glycolic peel is derived from sugar cane and as it has the smallest molecular structure of the AHA family, it can penetrate into the skin more effectively than other Alpha Hydroxy Acids. It is not absorbed into the body and will not cause any systematic side effects.
Varying percentages of glycolic acid can be used to treat conditions such as ageing, acne, skin discolouration and coarse texture. This acid loosens the glue-like attachments that is characteristic of many skin conditions. The skin is thoroughly cleansed and the glycolic acid is gently applied. You may experience a mild stinging sensation which normally disappears within one minute. The acid peel is left in place for a period of time that will be assessed by your practitioner, and then it is removed.
Afterwards your skin may be pink or flake a little - this is all normal. Following the treatment, skin looks brighter and clearer; dry skin becomes hydrated and smooth. A course of treatments may be recommended or combined with other treatments such as hydration or laser treatments to achieve optimum results. SPF 30 sunscreen should be worn throughout the year and no sun-beds or sun-bathing is advised for at least two weeks before or after a peel.
A free consultation is advised to assess each individual on the best skincare program for them. Anyone prescribed Accutane (roaccutane) for acne during the past year should discontinue this medication for six to twelve months before having glycolic peels.