If you want to uncover the young and smooth skin beneath your aging skin, it’s time to consider using glycolic acid peels. This type of peel has several benefits, and before you get one, you’ll need to understand exactly what it can do for your skin.

What Is a Peel?

A peel is a product that can be applied to the face and peeled off, as the name suggests. You can do it at home with a product that can be easily procured over the counter. However, for the best results, it is better to come to our office for a professional-grade peel.

A chemical peel makes use of a chemical solution to improve the texture of your skin. This chemical solution smoothes out the skin by peeling off the outer layers of skin, which hold the damage and are often dry and rough. It is most effective on people with acne, uneven skin coloration, and wrinkles.

What Is a Glycolic Acid Peel?

In some types of peels, glycolic acid is the main active ingredient. This chemical is an extremely popular option for acne and wrinkles. It belongs to the family of alpha hydroxyls and is derived from sugar cane, making it a fruit acid.

When it is applied on to the skin, it removes the “glue” that holds the rougher, dryer, and older skin to the surface. Once the top layer is removed, you can see the new, fresh layer.

People who have used glycolic acid peels are quite surprised with the results – they look much younger, have fewer lines on their face, and if they have acne, their skin becomes less oily and looks much clearer.

How Does It Work?

You will be consulting with your surgeon before you have your peel done. You will most likely be recommended a light peel, as it results in few side effects.

The person performing the procedure will apply a light layer to your face and leave it for a period of time. The duration will vary depending on the peel you are having, the reasons you have decided to get it, and the person performing the procedure. After this time, the solution will be removed from the face.

With light peels, you do not have a set recovery time and you will not need to take pain relievers. If you have any discomfort in the middle of the procedure, you will be given a Motrin or Tylenol.

The results of a glycolic acid peel can be quite impressive, but you should keep in mind that it is not a substitute for a facelift or any other kind of cosmetic surgery.

There are few side effects of a glycolic acid peel. You might feel a slight burning sensation after the procedure, but it goes away quickly. You will also have some redness, which also does not stay for long. If you have fair or sensitive skin, you are more likely to experience discomfort.

Glycolic acid peels also make you more sensitive to sunlight. Make sure you wear a good sunblock after you undergo the procedure.

Contact Us Today

If you would like to learn more about glycolic acid peels from an experienced facial plastic and reconstruction surgeon, schedule an appointment with Dr. Andrew Compton. Dr. Compton will answer any questions you may have and will get you started on the road to clear, youthful-looking skin!