In recent years you probably have heard a lot about glycolic peeling used for deep facial care. But did you know that the origins of the peeling date back to Antiquity? The active ingredients used have evolved and, since the beginning of the twentieth century, the practice is now medically regulated. Let’s look more closely at it today!
What is a glycolic peel?
The glycolic peel stimulates the skin by applying to the face an active ingredient based on AHA acids, which are derivatives from fruit sugars, especially from sugar cane.
In contrast to microdermabrasion, a peel does not take away the superficial layers of the epidermis but stimulates the regeneration of the skin and thus the cells’ renewal.
Who should consider a glycolic peel and in what circumstances?
Whether it is superficial or deep, the important thing to remember is that the greater the concentration of AHA acids in a glycolic peel, the more it will have an in-depth action!
If you want to visibly reduce the signs of the aging, such as lines and wrinkles, eliminate your brown spots or irregularities that dull your complexion (redness, hyper pigmentation, etc. ) or treat acne scars and tighten enlarged pores, the glycolic peel is the treatment that you need!
That said, as with any beauty treatment, always remember to consult with a technician to learn about contraindications (allergy or hypersensitivity to AHA acid, pregnancy and lactation, some chronic skin conditions, diabetes, etc. )
The benefits of the glycolic peel
Thanks to its ability to regenerate skin cells, the glycolic acid peel offers many benefits!
- it improves melanin repair, reduces pigment spots and therefore brightens the complexion and restores a radiant appearance;
- it stimulates the production of collagen, smooths the epidermis and thus softens the skin to make it more supple and improve its elasticity;
- depending on the concentration of AHA used, it improves the appearance of the skin by tightening pores and reducing wrinkles.
The result? You look refreshed, and your complexion is visibly more healthy and radiant!
How is a glycolic acid treatment performed?
The concentration of glycolic acid suited to your skin must first be determined by a technician, who will review contra-indications with you. During an appointment, the technician performs the following steps:
Your face is cleaned first. Ideally, arrive without wearing makeup to facilitate this essential step and avoid harmful interactions of products!
The AHA solution is applied to the face while carefully avoiding the eye contour;
The peel is then carefully removed using a damp cloth.
You may feel tingling after the application of the peel, the technician therefore closely monitors you to observe your skin’s reaction and regularly asks you if you feel discomfort. It is IMPORTANT to remember to strictly follow the post-treatment recommendations to minimize any adverse effects to your face.