Glycolic Pees in Your Skincare

Chemical peels have been time-tested and are here to stay. Alpha-hydroxy peels are highly popular in the dermatologist's arsenal of procedures here in UK. Glycolic acid peel is the most common alpha-hydroxy acid peel, also known as fruit peel. It is simple, inexpensive, and has no downtime. Basic glycolic peels can be used to treat acne, acne scars, melasma, post inflammatory hyperpigmentation, photoaging, and seborrhea. Very often glycolic peels are combined with micro-needling and other skincare treatments in order to achieve the best possible results.




Glycolic Peel Acne Treatment



Alpha-hydroxy peels have been popular in dermatological practice for years and are well-established. They have practically no downtime, and are usually superficial or medium depth peels. They have therapeutic as well as cosmetic benefits when used on skin. Glycolic acid is usually obtained from sugarcane is used in the most common alpha-hydroxy acid peel.


Glycolic acid has the smallest molecular weight among all the alpha-hydroxy acids. It penetrates skin easily, making it a popular peel agent. Glycolic acid has two carbon atoms: one carbon atom is with a carboxyl group and the other carbon atom is with a hydroxyl group. It is also extremely water soluble. The pH of a non-buffered solution ranges from 0.08–2.75. Most glycolic acid peels are commercially available as free acids, partially neutralized (higher pH), buffered, or esterified solutions. They are available in various concentrations ranging from 20%–70%. The higher the concentration and lower the pH, the more intense the peeling will be.







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Glycolic acid peels have anti-inflammatory, keratolytic, and antioxidant properties. Glycolic acid targets the corneosome by enhancing breakdown and decreasing cohesiveness, causing desquamation. The intensity of peel is determined by the concentration of the acid, the vehicle used to carry it, the amount of acid applied, and the technique used.






Melasma after Glycolic Peel Treatment






Before starting a series of glycolic peels, priming the skin with hydroquinone, or topical retinol, before performing a peel has been found to increase peel efficacy and reduce the risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. However, it is not required. After the skin has been cleansed and degreased, chemical peel solution is applied using cotton buds or a brush in a sequential manner starting from the forehead to the left cheek, chin, right cheek to cover the entire face. Care is taken to protect the eyes and the corners of the nose and lips. The peel is neutralized within 5–10 minutes, or when uniform erythema is seen. Glycolic peels should be neutralized with baking soda solution or a commercial neutralize. If frosting is observed in any particular area before the set time or end-point, it is important to neutralize the peel immediately. It is always better to start with a low concentration (25% -50%) and increase the concentration and application time during subsequent sessions. Peeling is repeated once every 7 to 14 days for 4–6 months until the desired result is achieved.




Indications for Glycolic Peels



Acne, acne scars, melasma, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, photoaging, and seborrhea are indications for glycolic peeling. Glycolic acid may be used in acne also to normalize keratinization and increase epidermal and dermal hyaluronic acid and collagen. Consistent and repetitive treatment with glycolic acid was found to greatly improve acne scars and deep cystic lesions with pretty minimal side-effects. Therefore, glycolic peels are ideal as a treatment for acne. Glycolic peels are also perfect for treating melasma and sun spots. A number of scientific studies have shown that melasma pigmentation was greatly decreased with a series of glycolic peels. While the effects where not as dramatic as with TCA peels and Jessner’s Solution, most patients have tolerated glycolic peels much better. So, overall, glycolic acid peels is an ideal solution for a variety of skin problems. Best part is that glycolic peels are very safe and easy to do it yourself procedures that can be done by almost anyone at home.







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