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Glycolic acid Peels

If you are looking to regain your younger and smoother looking skin, you may be looking for a Glycolic Acid peel. The benefits are immense, but first let us understand what a Chemical peel can (and cannot) do.

  • What is a Glycolic acid peel?

A Glycolic Acid peel is a chemical peel which features Glycolic acid as the main component. Glycolic acid is a fruit acid derived from sugarcane juice. The active agent has been isolated and synthesised, and is available in various concentrations and combinations today.

  • Are Glycolic acid peels safe?

Today, Glycolic peels are one the most commonly performed procedures at the Dermatologists office worldwide. Glycolic acid is a common addition to most of the anti-ageing and skin brightening creams available over the counter today.

When you choose to have a Glycolic peel, you are electing to have a fairly light treatment, with good results and few if any side effects.

  • Do I need a Glycolic peel?

If you are looking at a safe and effective way to maintain your skin, Glycolic peels may the answer! Glycolic acid peels are used to treat acne, and lighten acne scars. It can be used to remove the tan you got after your last vacation, and to add a glow on your cheeks before your next holiday.

Dermatologists have been using Glycolic Acid peels to treat skin over the face, hands, neck and back, to renew and refresh skin and bring back youth.

Glycolic acid peels are usually part of the treatment protocol for most pigmentation treatments and antiageing treatments.

  • I have had a Glycolic acid peel earlier, but I did not see any change. What could be the cause?

As it is a mild treatment, a single first session of Glycolic peel may not yield impressive results. You may need a series of peels done on a fortnightly basis to see good results. Your dermatologist will be able to titrate the concentration of the Glycolic acid in the peel with further sessions, and the results usually become evident after the third session.

  • How is the Glycolic acid peel performed?

A Glycolic acid peel is a simple procedure that can be performed as an out patient procedure in the dermatologists office. You may be instructed to avoid using strong creams (like retinoid creams) one to two days before the peel.

On the day of the peel, usually a consultation with the dermatologist is scheduled. After consultation with the dermatologist in order to ascertain your skin type, and the correct concentration and chemical peeling agent to be used, a informed consent is taken. Pre procedure photographs are taken. The skin is cleansed with a soap free cleanser. Then, the Glycolic acid is applied to the skin by the dermatologist. The peeling agent is left on for a predetermined time (usually 5-10 mins) and neutralised thereafter. During the procedure, most patients experience a mild warmth or mild stinging sensation. A post peel balm and sunscreen are then applied. (video of a peel)

  • What is the after care?

Do use a ph, balanced soap free face wash and a good moisturiser to promote healing of the treated skin. Use a broad band sunscreen regularly to prevent any hyperpigmentation or dyspigmentation of the treated skin. Restart treatment creams that have been prescribed after the exfoliation has been completed. Your dermatologist may also recommend vitamin creams or specific blending creams to enhance the results of the peels.

  • I have deep wrinkles around my mouth, can a glycolic peel help?

Glycolic peels do help in reducing fine lines and wrinkles, however, deep lines are usually resistant to peels alone. You may need treatments such a Fractional Laser resurfacing, Hyaluronic Acid fillers in addition to achieve best results. Talk to Dr. Rasya Dixit to know about the available treatment options.

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The information provided in Dr. Dixit's answer is for educational purposes only and is not intended to constitute medical advice. The information provided should not be relied upon as a substitute for consultations with a qualified health professional who may be familiar with your individual medical needs.

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