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Facial Peels

Facial Peels

Facial peels burn off layers of your skin with acid. Chemical peels treat fine lines and wrinkles; leathery, sun-damaged skin; acne and acne scars; blotchiness, brown spots, freckles, and irregular pigmentation.  They can’t correct sagging skin, deep wrinkles, scarring, or broken blood vessels.  (Those require dermabrasion, laser treatment, or surgery.)

Glycolic Acid is the best known, most active, and most beneficial of the Alpha-Hydroxy-Acids (AHA) in skin care. It is derived from sugar cane, so it can be considered a natural product. It is the only AHA which is able to penetrate through the cell walls by virtue of its small molecular size. Once inside the cell, it will trigger new formation of collagen and turn on the synthesis of dermal glycosaminoglycans to plump up the cell and the ground substances in the skin to reduce wrinkles on the skins surface. The result is a much-smoother skin surface and a more youthful appearance. A secondary benefit is glycolic acid‘s ability to draw moisturizers into the newly-exfoliated skin surface.

A glycolic peel is performed by having the solution applied on to your face. You will sit for a minute or so with the glistening acid on your face -it stings- while it penetrates. Next, a neutralizer (sodium bicarbonate, or better known as baking soda) is applied to neutralize the acid.

After the peel most people will not have any changes to the color of their skin, while others will look like they have a light sunburn for a few hours. The tender new skin below is smoother and initially more fragile and sensitive to the sun. The general rule with peels is: the more pain, the more gain. The higher level of acid, the greater the delivery to the skin, and the greater the rejuvenating effects.

Superficial peels, like glycolic peels, heal more quickly. They can get rid of light wrinkles, rough skin,and blotchy spots. Unlike deeper peels like TCA or phenol,they don’t permanently lighten the skin, which means glycolic is a good choice for dark skin types too.

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