Glycolic Acid Peel

Glycolic Acid Peel

Woman’s face getting ready for a glycolic acid peel treatment

A Glycolic acid peel improves the skin’s appearance. The peel removes the top layers of the skin, including many dead skin cells. This reveals smoother, fresher, younger looking skin. The benefits are worth it.

There are many acids on the market, but Glycolic acid is particularly effective. Glycolic acid peels are very popular, for this reason.

A chemical face peel is the process of putting acid onto the skin to “peel off” (exfoliate) the dead skin cells. It is very important to use the correct strengths of acid and not mix them.  Otherwise they are by far less effective.

At L’Exquisite we only use 100% pure Glycolic acid products.


Why is a Glycolic Skin Peel So Popular?

Man getting prepared for a glycolic acid peel treatment.

Glycolic acid is the gold standard in chemical peels. It is the go-to product for many professionals. It has a proven ability to transform the skin’s health and appearance for any skin type.

Glycolic acid is also known as AHA – alpha-hydroxy acid, or fruit acid. It is very effective in treating skin for premature aging, fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage, acne, mild acne scars and melasma (brown patches on the face, like a pregnancy mask).

Glycolic Peel Benefits

Glycolic acid is a go-to treatment for many people. It has the smallest molecular weight amongst all the acids, it penetrates the skin easily, it stimulates the natural collagen production, it diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and removes the dullness caused by dead skin cells and blackheads. People who have had an acid face peel are amazed at the results. The benefits are endless, especially if you do regular treatments. Your skin will look radiant and smoother, and much brighter and refined. A glycolic peel for acne helps decrease oily skin, and acne scars and breakouts.

Again, it’s all because glycolic acid has the smallest molecular size of all safe-for-skin acids that enables it to penetrate the skin deep enough to exfoliate thoroughly, and if you get it done regularly, and if you care for your skin properly, it’s a total miracle-worker leaving your skin fresh, radiant and glowing.

How Does The Glycolic Acid Skin Peel Work?

When you decide to have a glycolic acid treatment, and come in for your appointment, we start by thoroughly cleansing your skin, and depending on the condition of your skin, we might even do a pre-peel first, then we apply the AHA peel. Then you will feel some tingling and a slight stinging, or a bit of a burning sensation, but that won’t last long and it doesn’t hurt. The peel is left on your skin for just a few minutes, and when the time is up we will remove it, and will finish the treatment with a serum and you are done.

There is a lot more involved if you decide to have one of our facials with a glycolic acid peel included, or if you add on an LED light therapy session. Because we have lots of options to help your skin look and feel amazing, there is something for everyone.

After your acid skin peel treatment, we ask that you do not wash your face or your hair, and do not wear makeup until the next day, but there is no downtime with this treatment so just enjoy the results.

And if you want to speed up your skin rejuvenation, we recommend four to six glycolic acid peels done at one week intervals, and if you want a much more in-depth rejuvenation, then let’s discuss a treatment plan that is best suited for your skin and your desired result.

Which Areas Can Be Treated With a Glycolic Acid Chemical Peel?

You can choose to have a peel on pretty much any area of your body including the face, neck and décolleté, hands, arms and elbows, knees and legs and the back.

What is the Best Glycolic Acid Peel?

Glycolic skin peels come in different concentrations. We only use pure glycolic acid formulations, not buffered once. They are formulated with the right ph level to make them safe for your skin. The glycolic acid products you buy over the counter are not as good, and may not have the correct ph level.

Why is this important?

Because we have an acid mantle which gives our skin its pH which ranges anywhere from 4.0 to 7.0, and does everything from protecting our skin from bacteria and viruses, fungi and environmental pollutants, and maintains the skin’s moisture barrier and microbiome which is the healthy bacteria that lives on the skin, it is important not to damage it..

Because pollutants, and detergents, cleansers and soaps, and pathogens can disrupt the skin’s protective barrier, the higher the pH of whatever you put on your skin, the more disruptive it is to the acid mantle and the moisture barrier.

You can book a Glycolic acid peel treatment on it’s own, or book a facial. The facials incorporate a peel, alongside a more intense treatment, and so give you even better results. All of our facials are customizable.

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