Skin care and the science behind it has, without doubt, grown and advanced by a hundredfold since only about two or three decades ago. In the era when even plastic surgeries are considered risky and last resort, and non-invasive and minimally invasive procedures such as radio frequency therapy and laser skin renewal are the norm, there is one treatment that some people continue to hail while some, tend to neglect.
The 10 Facts About Glycolic Acid Peels That You Must Know.
Whether or not you are seriously considering signing up for a GA peel treatment, here are the 10 facts that you need to consider before locking in an appointment with your skin care specialist.
Fact No. 1: GA prevents and facilitates faster treatment for several skin conditions.
Glycolic peel benefits run aplenty. People who have acne-challenged skin, infected skin, oily skin, dry skin and temperamental skin all stand to benefit from a GA procedure. That’s because the mild exfoliation this procedure provides lifts and eliminates impurities from your skin which helps prevent pore clogging, infections and breakouts.
Fact No. 2: GA lightens hyper pigmentation problems.
Got acne scars, age spots and melasma that just won’t heal? Try a GA treatment. Most hyper pigmentation concerns lie on the upper layers of your skin. That means, these can be easily lightened and faded with regular exfoliation. As your skin undergoes several, rapid cycles of turnover, soon enough, unblemished skin can surface, practically making your dark skin problems invisible.
Fact No. 3: GA brightens your overall complexion.
With each turnover, impurities that are stopping your skin from giving off a natural, healthy radiance will soon be eliminated from your skin. As newer, younger, less damaged skin surfaces with every turnover, your overall complexion also glows with health and becomes brighter as your skin is better nourished.
Fact No. 4: GA comes in varying concentrations.
Your skin care professional will prescribe one according to your skin type, your skin’s tolerance to chemical peels, your skin issues, and the results that you want to see. For maintenance treatments, however, generally low doses of GA are prescribed to keep your skin healthy and glowing with health. Sessions are also periodically timed.
Fact No. 5: GA can help correct and prevent wrinkles.
If you’re already banking on anti-aging skin care to delay the development of wrinkles, fine lines, saggy skin, and other signs of skin aging then, GA can make for a great addition to your anti-aging regimen. Regular exfoliation gives your skin a much-needed boost by stimulating the depths of your skin and causing more collagen and elastin fibers to be produced at much faster rates and at greater volumes. This is what causes your skin to stay plump, dense and firm.
Fact No. 6: GA treatments require very specific care before, during and after a procedure.
Your skin care specialist will guide you through every step. Your responsibility is to follow prescribed routines and other instructions closely so that you can harness glycolic peel benefits with every session.
Fact No. 7: If you are new to GA peels, you may be prescribed to go in for several sessions on your first try.
That’s because GA chemicals have sensitizing effects on skin, and yours might need several session to get acclimatized to the treatment. What your specialist will do is to work up your skin to the concentration of GA your skin needs by carefully introducing higher doses with each visit that you make.
Fact No. 8: It may take several sessions to see a scar heal.
Depending on the skin issues that you’re treating with GA, some may take time to fade and heal, that includes deep scars from bouts with acne.
Fact No. 9: Just one session of GA peel will improve your skin’s appearance.
A GA peel, even in low concentrations will give you a glimpse of your healthier complexion. You will notice your skin glow for the next 3 or 4 days following your session before your skin peels and flakes to surface new skin.
Fact No. 10:
A GA peel will make your skin more photosensitive. Don’t miss out on your sunscreen. When undergoing a GA peel, your skin becomes more easily damaged by UV. Use one with at least an SPF 30.
For those days, when you’re not scheduled for a GA peel, you might want to take Jessica Alba’s advice, "A cleansing brush is fantastic for daily exfoliation”.