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What Is Glycolic Peel ?

A combination of Alpha Hydroxy Acids, Lactic Acids, and Glycolic Acids are used to coagulate the proteins in the skin which causes a  peeling effect and new skin is revealed. Peels smooth skin by removing the outer layers, which hold onto damage and are often rough and dry. Many people can benefit from a peel, but those with breakouts or acne, uneven skin coloring, and wrinkles are most likely to seek peels the most.  A Glycolic Peel can improve skin clarity and texture, visibly lighten uneven pigment and reduce the appearance of fine lines and large pores.


Skin is cleansed using a milk cleanser and toner and an AHA scrub is used to start loosening up the cells. Then a thin layer of the %40 glycolic solution is applied on the skin and left there for a few minutes. A slight tingling sensation might be felt or the skin might feel a bit itchy with a hot and cold sensation.  This is caused by the fruit acid coagulating the proteins in the skin and loosening the glue between the cells that keeps them together. Then the peel is removed and a  soothing mask is applied to calm the skin. After the mask, a serum is applied and the skin is moisturized. Treatment takes 1 hour.


The skin might continue peeling for a few days. Do not use any glycolic or retinol  products on your skin for a few days after a peel. After a few days  a AHA scrub might be used to remove flaky skin and then a hydrating moisturizer should be used every few hours to keep the skin moist for a few days while the body is producing new cells.

Gycolic peels draw impurities out of the skin so a breakout is a good sign of the skin clearing itself out.

Use of AHA or glycolic products are recommended throughout the course  of peels, to keep skin used to the product and also increase effectiveness of the peel. Do not wear makeup for 24 hours.

Maintenance Peels are recommended ever 4 weeks. You must make sure you are using glycolic home care before having a maintenance peel.

Be prepared to see and feel changes to the skin – do not be alarmed sometimes the skin looks and feels worse (dry,tight and peeling) before improvements occurs.  A complete course of 6 treatments should be completed for full benefit.


Have a  cleansing routine morning and evening. Use a mild cleanser and toner. Apply a serum with vitamin A, C and E and moisturize as needed. Its best to keep skin moist for a few days to prevent flakiness.

DO NOT : Tan for a week before and after a peel. Use a hot tube or a pool with chlorine for a few days after. A Sauna or a hot shower might cause discomfort for a few days after due to hot steam. Any activity that causes sweating might cause some irritation to the skin due to the salt content in the sweat.

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