Glycolic Brightening Peel
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What is a Glycolic Peel? A Glycolic peel is the application of a glycolic acid to the skins surface to rejuvenate the skin, improve texture, correct solar damage, aging, acne, hyper- pigmentation, fine lines and large pores. Glycolic acid is an alpha hydroxy (AHA) acid naturally derived from sugar cane. Used in low percentages in many cleansers, serums, moisturizers, etc… Higher percentages are used in a medical spa as a peeling agent for the skins rejuvenation.
What to expect during a professional peel: Your skin will be cleansed and dried. Solution (% varies) will be applied and you will begin to feel an itching and tingling sensation during the treatment. The amount of time the solution is kept the skin will vary approximately 1 – 4 minutes. Once the peel has taken place, skin will be neutralized, dried and a serum will be applied along with a 10 minute LED session and/ or a mask to help calm the area. Finally, a moisturizer with sunscreen will be applied and your skin may continue to tingle for approximately 45 minutes after this peel.
What to expect after the Glycolic peel: The results can be dramatic or minimal, depending on the strength and intensity. A slight redness can last up to 4 days after the professional glycolic peel. Expect a mild peeling (if any) on the forehead, nose and chin.
What are the Post-treatment instructions? Excessive sun MUST be avoided and an SPF 30+ should be worn and applied every 1 – 2 hours depending on activity. Extra moisturizer should be added to prevent excess dryness or irritation. If able, refrain from activities that will cause excess heat in skin (aerobic exercise, steam, and saunas) for at least 48 hours after the treatment.
What is the maintenance? Begin every 4 - 6 weeks. You may want to increase the % depending on the grade of the issue to be addressed. Gradually building toward, every 8 weeks. Finally, you may want to schedule treatment seasonally for maintenance.