Glycolic peel is a chemical form normally used for skin treatments. It basically consists of glycolic acid, a type of alpha hydroxy acid that naturally occurs in fruits. Glycolic is derived from various types of fruits like sugar beets, sugarcane, pineapple and unripe grapes, and the best part of it is that it can be used in almost all skin types. Glycolic peel can provide the skin with lots of benefits, which is why more and more people are now using it as part of their skin regime or as treatment for various skin conditions.
Glycolic peel goes hand in hand with skin care. When used, it can eliminate old skin cells and replace it with newer ones after 30 to 35 days. These dead skin cells normally accumulate on the surface of the skin, which makes it patchy and rough to touch. The use of glycolic peel on the other hand, can loosen these dead skin cells not just on the upper layer of the skin but as well as the dead skin cells underneath the skin. This peels off unwanted dead skin cells and replacing it with fresher skin cells.
Apart from that, glycolic peel is also helpful in enhancing the production of collagen, thus making the skin looks healthier and younger looking. Other benefits of this skin treatment are the following:
– Such skin treatment can be used to control acne. If the peel is applied on a regular basis, the skin’s susceptibility to acne is reduced, as it exfoliates dead skin cells. This prevents dead skin cells from clogging up the pores, thus preventing acne outbreaks.
– Apart from preventing acne, glycolic peel can also treat acne scars. This skin treatment can cover up dents and pits due to acne by enhancing the growth of new skin cells.
– This skin treatment is also beneficial for skins damaged by the sun, as it strips off the damaged and dried layer and replace it with newer and fresher layer.
– In addition, glycolic peel is also helpful in reducing the appearance of wrinkles, as it promotes cell regeneration that can make wrinkles and fine lines less visible.
This skin treatment can be used at home. You can do this by simply purchasing the OTC kit or if you do not want to do it on your own, you can opt for the treatment by visiting the salon. Each treatment session has duration of 15 to 20 minutes and it has to be done once every two weeks. To reap the maximum benefits of the treatment, adequate rest should be provided for the skin and it should also be protected against sunlight. SPF 25 should be used after the treatment to prevent sunburn and scrubbing the skin should be avoided, as the skin is sensitive after treatment and it can be easily damaged.
The treatment does not come with any major side effects, as it is a mild form of skin treatment. However, if it has high concentration of acid and is allowed to remain on the skin for a long period, this will surely result to damaging effects. Also, glycolic peel side effects are normally seen in individuals who have cold sores, fever blisters and keloids so it would be best to consult a dermatologist first prior to use in order to prevent any negative effects. The treatment should also be avoided by lactating mothers and pregnant women.