A glycolic acid peel is a type of chemical peel that can be used to treat acne and mild acne scarring. Chemical peels are in-office treatments used to improve the appearance of the skin. A peeling agent, such as glycolic acid, is applied to the skin’s surface to achieve the desired effect. There is sometimes physical peeling of the skin after the treatment, though this is not a necessary part of the peel’s mechanism.
What is a glycolic acid peel?
Glycolic acid is the most common Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) used as a peeling agent in dermatologist’s offices. There are a variety of glycolic acid concentrations available in chemical peels. Stronger concentrations are used for chemical peels in dermatology practices, while concentrations of three to ten percent are used in over-the-counter at-home treatments. In-office glycolic acid peels are applied to the skin for a set amount of time, depending on the patient’s skin type and the treatment goals.
What does a glycolic acid peel do?
Glycolic acid peels are superficial peels; a series of peels are used to achieve the desired result. The best benefit of this is that very little downtime is associated with each peel. Glycolic acid peels help to treat acne and acne scarring, though they also diminish the appearance of fine lines and improve upon pigmentation (dark spots) on the skin. Glycolic acid peels can help to treat acne and give the skin a rejuvenated appearance after a short series of treatments.
What should be expected during a glycolic acid peel in New York?
When you arrive for a glycolic acid peel, the first step is to cleanse the area to be treated. The glycolic acid peel will then be applied to clean skin for a few minutes. You may feel burning or a stinging sensation while the peel is on your skin. After a few minutes, the peel will be neutralized by the aesthetician. You will be given sunscreen to apply prior to leaving the office. In the days following the glycolic peel, you may notice slight erythema (redness) and peeling. Not all patients peel after their glycolic acid peel; your results can be just as great without ever experiencing peeling. It is recommended that you avoid potentially irritating creams and medications, such as retinoids, in the few days after your glycolic acid peel. We advise you to use only gentle cleansers, moisturizers and a daily sunscreen.
How much does a glycolic acid peel cost?
The price of a glycolic acid peel at Clear Clinic is $175.