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Glycolic Peel

What is a glycolic peel?

Glycolic peels are considered the most popular and mildest peel. It belongs to the family of  acids called alpha – hydoxy acids or fruit acids. It is a derivative of sugar cane and comes in various strength from 20% to 70%.

Are the chemicals harmful to the skin?

Glycolic acid is called as a chemical because it has a chemical structure but is not a chemical. It is considered to be natural because of it being derived from fruit acid found in sugar cane and citrus fruits. So it is not harmful on the skin.

When to do a glycolic peel?

  • For uneven skin texture
  • Dull dry skin
  • Excess sebum skin
  • Acne marks and scars
  • Uneven skin complexion
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • For a glow before a wedding or an event

What does the Glycolic peel do ?

This peel not only works on the outermost skin level, it also penetrates to the deeper skin layers.

The peel removes the top layer of skin, promoting the production of collagen and elastin. It is a rapid exfoliant that will remove dead, dry skin cells resulting in an even-toned, radiant and glowing appearance. Your newly exfoliated skin will feel soft and smooth, turning your problem skin into flawless skin.

What to expect after a peel?

The patient will experience mild peeling. There is no swelling or redness or blister formation. Patient can return to normal activities immediately after the peel. Hence its commonly called as lunch time peel.

Few days after the peel  as it removes the superficial  layer of skin, the skin will look softer will give a more uniform tone and also lighten the skin color and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

How many sessions are required?

The glycolic peel benefits increase with every successive peel , but a single application can provide excellent results. It is recommended to do series of three peel (spaced 3 to 4 weeks apart) and then a maintenance peel once in every 3 months.

What happens during the glycolic peeling procedure?

  1. The technician will clean the skin with a degreasing cleanser to remove excessive oil.
  2. The peel is then applied by the dermatologist and left for a certain period of time depending on the skin type and the indication for the peel.
  3. Then the peel is neutralized after 3-8 minutes with a peel neutralize.
  4. Followed by ice cold water soaks.
  5. There is no pain or burning sensation.
  6. Patients experience a mild stinging sensation.
  7. Patient is sent home with a sunscreen.

What to expect after a glycolic peel?

Patient is advised a sunscreen routine and a moisturizing routine. Slight peeling will be expected  but with the newer peels  there is no visible peeling so patient can resume there routine immediately.

Dr. Batul Patel is a passionate and dedicated dermatologist based out of South Mumbai with expertise in all fields of dermatology, trichology and aesthetic dermatology.

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