Glycolic acid peels
Chemical peels mean procedures performed in order to remove small spots remaining after acne, to smoothen and to restore the skin of the face and body, to inspire the feeling of freshness, and to improve its structure.
Glycolic acid is a mild acid that exists in the nature in the natural form of alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) and belongs to the group of chemical peels, which remove the superficial micro-layer of epidermis. At the same time, the procedure stimulates the generation of new, healthy, young cells and formation of a new skin layer. Besides, glycolic acid promotes the production of elastic and collagenic fibre. Owing to these properties of glycolic acid, small skin lines and wrinkles as well as superficial pigmentation irregularities decrease or disappear, the skin texture improves, and it becomes smooth and tender.
The procedure is performed:
- in the therapy of post acne, i.e. of reddish stains and small red scars that remain after acne;
- for the treatment of acne, especially in case of whiteheads and blackheads;
- in case of expanded pores;
- in order to reduce or eliminate small skin lines and wrinkles;
- for the treatment of dry skin areas;
- in case of pigmentation disorders;
- for the smoothening of dry flaky skin;
- for the improvement of skin structure and inspiring the skin with a more vital color;
After the procedure, the doctor can prescribe application of a cleanser on the basis of glycolic acid, or a lotion or cream containing much lesser concentrations of glycolic acid than those for everyday skin care in order to improve its structure.
When are the procedures applied?
Procedures are applied for women and men who wish to improve the condition and appearance of their skin and for whom a long duration of the procedure is not acceptable (which is required when performing deeper peels).
The procedures are performed in the areas of the face, neck, arms, and even legs. After the solution is applied to the skin, you will feel some tingling.
Glycolic acid peels are performed with different concentrations. Peeling procedures with a high glycolic acid concentration (20-70 per cent) may be conducted only by specialist doctors.
How many procedures will have to be performed?
Depending on the achieved result and the acid concentration applied, the number of procedures fluctuates within the range of 2 to 4. As soon as after the first procedure, as a result of the removal of lifeless layer of skin cells, the colour of the skin will improve, and it will become younger. If there are any residual post acne manifestations, it is necessary to perform 3 to 10 procedures – scars disappear obviously after each procedure. Glycolic acid peels are performed every 14-20 days. After the procedures, it is necessary to apply sun protective factor (SPF) 25–30.
Peelings and light – emitting diodes
In our clinic, peeling procedures are often combined with LED procedures. Peeling procedures remove lifeless superficial layer, while red light facilitates natural revitalisation of the skin.
Dermatologists will help you to achieve better results owing to the combination of rejuvenation (revitalisation) with the use of lasers/light sources and other procedures such as injections of hyaluronic fillers and mesotherapy. During the preliminary detailed consultation, you will discuss your desires and expectations with the doctor and the doctor will evaluate the current condition of the skin and will give advice as to how to achieve the anticipated results in the most efficient manner.