Glycolic AHA Peel
Q. What is Glycolic peel?
A: Glycolic Acid is a form of Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) it is derived from sugar cane. It is among the mildest and most popular of the Fruit acid family. It is most commonly used because it is extracted from natural sources and the enzymes within the product gently exfoliate the skin cells. In a salon environment Glycolic Peels are at 30% ratio. This is standard across the beauty industry, anything higher should and only be used by a Cosmetic Doctor or Cosmetic Nurse with proper credentials.
Q. How does it work?
A: Glycolic Acid and other forms of AHA’s work on the epidermal layer (surface) of the skin. It is usually applied during a facial treatment and the skin has been properly prepared by the therapist, The natural enzymes penetrate and begin its work by dissolving the Desmosomes (which is the glue like substance that holds dead skin cells together) therefore allowing the dead epidermal cells to be removed gently and easily. Leaving the skin fresh, smooth and brighter.
Q. Who can be treated?
A: Almost anyone can be treated with a Glycolic peel. Advice and recommendations by your Skin Therapist can help you make the decision. Clients with the following skin types or conditions will notice results:
Acne prone skin
Acne scarring and blemished skin.
Dry/ thickened skin.
Oily and combination skin types.
Sensitised skin and those that cannot have microdermabrasion.
Mature and Age concern skin types.
Q. How is the treatment performed?
A: A full consultation is performed to retrieve any and all necessary information. A comprehensive treatment program can be developed to match your needs and requirements. Once your skin has been prepped the peel is applied smoothly and evenly over the skin. A mild tingle sensation may be experienced, this is completely normal. It is left on the skin between 3-10 minutes. This is determined by the skin type or condition.
Those with a sensitive skin type usually have the peel on 3-5 minutes.
Those with a normal skin type usually have the peel on 5-7 minutes.
Those with an oily skin type usually have the peel on 7-10 minutes.
After the specified time the peel is then removed and a calming/soothing mask is applied to rehydrate your skin. Your skin therapist will provide you with after care advice such as:
Use a moisturiser as directed to keep your skin most and supple.
Apply sunscreen daily to protect your skin.
Do not exfoliate until therapist’s recommendation.
Do not use a tanning bed or other types of sun tanning.
Q. How often can I have a peel?
A: In a usual case a treatment can be performed on a fortnightly basis. Follow your skin Therapists advice, depending on the skin type and condition of the skin some clients may need to have weekly or monthly treatments.
Q. Are there any side effects?
A: A slight redness may be experienced after treatment that usually subsides. This is due the stimulation of the skin cells. Some can experience a tightness and mild flaking of the skin. All normal post treatment.
Q. When will I see results?
A: This can vary person to person. Improvements are noticed after treatment but noticeable results are usually seen after 3-4 treatments. Keep in mind the condition of your skin when starting treatments. It may be advisable to take before and after pictures.