Glycolic Acid (AHA) Peel
What is a Glycolic Acid Peel?
Glycolic Acid, also known as Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA), is a non-toxic chemical exfoliant naturally found in sugar beets, unripe grapes and sugarcane. Contrary to the TCA Peel, which can penetrate deep into the dermis, the Glycolic Acid Peel dissolves the uppermost layer of the epidermis thus revealing fresh, smooth skin.
Why choose a Glycolic Acid Peel, Orlando?
Glycolic Acid is a very popular skin peeling treatment. It is gentle and has little to no downtime compared to other stronger peels such as Jessner and TCA. The exfoliating effect of the AHAs promotes healthy skin regeneration and yields increased skin tissue hydration as a result of the new exfoliated skins' capacity to bind water. Glycolic Acid works against a number of typical skin ailments such as fine lines and wrinkles, irregular skin pigmentation and clogged pores (which can lead to acne breakouts). It has the ability to safely, yet effectively break down dead, mature layers of pore-clogging proteins and lipids to reveal a more youthful and healthier complexion. It also helps reduce and dislodge ingrown hairs.
How is this Procedure Conducted?
First, a skincare specialist will choose a glycolic acid peeling solution's potency or strength ranging from light (20%-30%) to medium (40%-500%) to deep (60%-70%). The peeling solution is gently applied then left on the skin for a few minutes depending on the desired results and your tolerance and reaction to the AHAs. You'll likely experience a slight tingling or itching for 2-3 minutes, but the process should not cause any pain or discomfort. A temporary stinging and itching effect has been noted upon initial contact as well as redness and minor skin sensitivity. Once the peel is neutralized the skin may appear a little bit red and shiny, but don't fret. This will fade within a couple of hours. STEPPIE MD® Infinity UV Defense Sunscreen SPF 50+ is then applied. Not only chemical free, this UVA/UVB daily sun protection provides moisture while protecting your skin from the sun, which is very important after a chemical peel. You will need to follow the post-treatment instructions provided by your paramedical clinical esthetician to assure safety and best results.
After the Peel?
Mild flaking could last from 5-7 days on average and may take longer depending on the strength/potency used.
Sunburn Alert: This product contains Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) that may increase your skin's sensitivity to the sun and the possibility of sunburn. We recommend using STEPPIE MD® Infinity UV Defense Sunscreen SPF 50+, which provides broad-spectrum protection from both UVA and UVB rays with no chemical sun filters. It contains the FDA-approved physical blocker, Micronized Zinc Oxide to reflect light away from the skin. Apply 30 minutes before exposure and reapply often when exposed to the sun.
How often should I do a Glycolic Peel?
A Glycolic Peel is a progressive treatment that will not provide a final result with one peel. Our Orlando skincare specialists recommend you undergo a glycolic peel every 2-4 weeks initially, then once a month, depending on the condition of your skin, to maintain best results.
DISCLAIMER: The information provided by this site is intended solely for educational purposes. This information is not to be used for medical diagnostic purposes and is not intended to serve as a recommendation for treatment and/or management of any medical/surgical condition. Most of all, this information should not be used in place of a physician or other qualified health provider. If you believe you have a medical condition, please contact your physician immediately.
My mother and I come every 6 weeks to have chemical peels for sun damage and to prevent further skin cancer. Our esthetician is Jenny Paul and she is wonderful. We drive an hour to come to her location because she takes such amazing care of us. She is kind, thoughtful, informative and a joy to be around. Thank you to Associates in Dermatology for hiring such a wonderful person to take care of us!
— Vicki P