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Dr. Amber Bocknek

Revitalizing Your Skin with Peels

Introduction:

Peels are a rejuvenating skincare treatment designed to give your skin a fresh and vibrant glow. These peels are a popular choice for those looking to address various skin concerns and enhance their overall complexion. Let's explore what makes glycolic acid peels a fantastic option for achieving radiant and healthier skin.

How Does the Peel Work?

During a peel, a skincare professional applies a solution containing glycolic acid to your skin. This solution works by breaking down the bonds between old, dull skin cells, allowing them to be gently sloughed away. This process stimulates the production of new, healthier skin cells, leaving your complexion smoother and more even.

Benefits of Peels:

  1. Improved Texture: Say goodbye to rough and uneven skin texture. Glycolic acid peels can leave your skin feeling smoother and softer.
  2. Reduced Fine Lines and Wrinkles: These peels can help diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, promoting a more youthful complexion.
  3. Brighter Skin Tone: Glycolic acid helps fade dark spots and hyperpigmentation, resulting in a brighter and more even skin tone.
  4. Pore Refinement: Minimize the appearance of enlarged pores for a refined and clearer complexion.
  5. Acne Control: Glycolic acid has anti-inflammatory properties that can help manage acne and prevent future breakouts.

What are peels made from? 

Peels can be made from various acids and active ingredients, each catering to specific skin concerns and types. Here are common ingredients used in chemical peels used in our office:

  1. Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs):
    • Examples: Glycolic acid (derived from sugar cane), lactic acid (derived from milk), citric acid (from citrus fruits), mandelic acid (from almonds).
    • Suitable for: Superficial peels, addressing mild skin imperfections, fine lines, and uneven skin tone.
  1. Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs):
    • Example: Salicylic acid (derived from willow bark).

    • Suitable for: Effective in treating acne-prone skin, reducing inflammation, and unclogging pores. Often used in superficial to medium peels.
  1. Enzymes:
    • Examples: Papain (papaya enzyme), bromelain (pineapple enzyme).
    • Suitable for: Superficial peels, particularly beneficial for sensitive skin, as enzymes provide a gentler exfoliation compared to acids.
  1. Retinoids:
    • Examples: Retinoic acid (related to vitamin A).
    • Suitable for: Used in superficial to medium-depth peels, retinoids stimulate collagen production and promote cell turnover. They are often combined with other acids.
  1. Polyhydroxy Acids (PHAs):
    • Examples: Lactobionic acid, gluconolactone.
    • Suitable for: Suitable for sensitive skin, PHAs provide a mild exfoliation, similar to AHAs, but with reduced potential for irritation.

What to Expect During the Procedure:

A glycolic acid peel is a quick and comfortable procedure. Your skin may experience a mild tingling sensation during the application, but it should not be painful. The entire process usually takes about 15-30 minutes, making it a convenient option for those with busy schedules.

Aftercare:

Following the peel, it's important to protect your skin from the sun and use gentle skincare products. Your skincare professional will provide specific instructions to ensure the best results and minimize any potential side effects.

Conclusion:

Glycolic acid peels are a fantastic way to revitalize your skin, providing numerous benefits in a relatively short amount of time. If you're looking to achieve a radiant complexion and address specific skin concerns, consider discussing glycolic acid peels with your skincare professional. They can tailor the treatment to your unique needs, helping you put your best face forward.

Remember, it's always essential to consult with a skincare professional before undergoing any chemical peel to ensure it's suitable for your skin type and concerns.

At a glance:

Downtime

Mild swelling 2-3 days

Peeling/flaking of skin x 2-5 days

Procedure length

30-45 min

Discomfort

Mild

Feels itchy or slightly burning

Session protocol

Monthly x 3-5

Maintenance

Sunscreen

Repeat sessions every 1-3 months or as desired