Glycolic acid peel for acne scars
If you are looking to uncover the smooth and younger skin beneath the upper skin layer visible now, you might consider the use of a glycolic acid peel. The benefits are immense, but it is important to understand what they are and what they can (and cannot) do for your skin.
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What is a glycolic acid peel?
Glycolic peels are simply chemical peels which feature glycolic acid as the main component.
Glycolic acid is currently a popular treatment to fight wrinkles and acne scars. As a part of the alpha hydroxyl family of natural ingredients, glycolic acid is derived from sugar cane, thus a natural fruit acid. When applied to the skin, it helps to remove the “glue” that holds the older, rougher skin layer building the surface. Thus removing this old and dried top skin layer, the fresh skin underneath becomes visible. It is this layer, still without damages which gives your face a fresh and beauty appearance.
People who take glycolic acid peels are often amazed with the results – their look appears younger, with fewer lines and wrinkles and if they suffer from acne, their skin’s condition improves with a less oily and clearer condition.
How does it work?
Glycolic acid acts like a tiny “pacman”, eating away the glue between cells.
- It reacts with the top layer of your skin, breaking it down by dissolving sebum and other substances which bind skin cells together.
- Dead skin cells are sloughed off revealing smoother, brighter, younger skin (more benefits below)
- The different products are ranging in percentage of active agent’s concentration and different PH levels. A product with only glycolic acid in low concentration is often much more effective than another which includes it along with other ingredients (for example moisturizer – especially not good for acne treatment). Get all the benefits from an on glycolic acid only focused product, and let the moisturizer do its proper job.
What can Glycolic Acid do for my skin?
In first place it is an exfoliator. It safely removes the outer layer of dead skin cells from the surface of your skin and presents the underlying parts. It is for sure beneficial for everyone concerned with anti-aging treatments. It can also help to lighten skin discoloration, such as sun spots or age spots, as help all those who suffer from acne-prone and blackhead-prone skin.
Benefits of glycolic acid treatments include the short amount of time a treatment requires (less than an hour). Treatments are easily done in a physician’s ambulance and the results will be clearly visible after one or two sessions. Medium and deep glycolic acid treatments improve texture and appearance of the skin, creating a smoother appearance as well as diminishing acne scarring.
There are few, if any, side effects when using a glycolic acid peel. Right after the procedure you might feel some burning, but it usually disappears quickly. Your skin might show some redness, but again, this usually vanishes fairly quickly. If you have sensitive or very fair skin you will more likely encounter these discomforts.
Glycolic acid can make your skin more sensible to the sun, so applying a sun blocker with high protection factor after the treatment is advisable.