What’s Glycolic Acid?
Glycolic acid (GA) is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA). AHAs are frequent components in beauty merchandise as a result of they’ll enhance total pores and skin texture and tone and assist with pigmentation points. Naturally occurring AHAs embody GA from sugar cane, lactic acid from fermented milk, malic acid from apples, citric acid and tartaric acid from grapes. Nonetheless, lots of the AHAs utilized in cosmetics are man-made.
What impact does Glycolic Acid have on my pores and skin?
GA is the smallest AHA, which permits it to simply penetrate the higher layer of pores and skin and act on the residing tissues under. AHAs assist gently exfoliate the highest layer of the pores and skin, or dermis and enhance the manufacturing of helpful elements within the deeper pores and skin reminiscent of collagen, serving to enhance advantageous strains.
What’s the distinction between at-home and in-office glycolic acid therapies?
Over-the-counter merchandise have decrease concentrations of AHAs (usually within the 5-10% vary). When used usually, these merchandise assist brighten and gently exfoliate the pores and skin, making them ideally suited elements of many varieties of pores and skin considerations together with pimples, solar injury, wrinkles and melasma. The decrease focus merchandise can be utilized day by day, attempt CLARA Smooth Exfoliating Cleanser. Stronger at-home therapies which can be used 1-2 occasions/week have elevated in recognition over the previous a number of years.
In workplace AHA peels can vary from superficial to medium depth, once more relying on the focus of AHA. At CLARA, we usually use GA 30% and 50% for superficial peels and 70% for medium depth peels. We apply these options very fastidiously and monitor their speedy results on the pores and skin in the course of the 5-10 minute process. The impact of those options will depend on the focus of GA, variety of layers utilized to the pores and skin, and length of contact with the pores and skin. Common use of topical vitamin A formulations at residence, reminiscent of Retin-A, additionally permit for higher, extra even penetration and improved outcomes.
What ought to I anticipate after a glycolic acid peel?
Though a single software of GA will produce helpful outcomes, a number of therapies each 4 weeks are required for optimum outcomes. You will need to perceive that glycolic acid peels are chemical peels with related dangers and unwanted effects as different peels. A few of the unwanted effects of AHAs chemical peeling embody hyperpigmentation, persistent redness, scarring, so we suggest a session with one in every of our board-certified dermatologists to allow them to decide which peel or remedy is finest for you.
Downtime after a peel will depend on the power of the peel. With superficial peels, delicate redness and swelling can happen for a number of days following the peel, that is usually, however not all the time, adopted by superficial peeling 5-7 days later. Medium depth peels usually trigger redness and swelling for as much as 7 days and peeling between 7-10 days. With any peel, we suggest avoiding the solar and utilizing broad spectrum solar safety till your pores and skin has absolutely recovered.
Who can use Glycolic Acid on their pores and skin?
Virtually anybody, even these with delicate pores and skin, can use some kind of AHA or GA, relying on the product. We may help you determine what’s finest to your pores and skin kind and pores and skin considerations. Book your appointment at present. Good pores and skin begins right here – CLARA.