what is a chemical peel?
A chemical peel is a technique used to improve and smooth the texture of the skin. Facial skin is mostly treated and scarring can be improved. Chemical peels remove the outermost layers of the skin, to accomplish this task, the peel induces a controlled injury to the skin and the resulting wound healing processes begin to regenerate new tissues. The dead skin eventually peels off and the regenerated skin is smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin.
what is Glycolic acid?
Glycolic acid is a type of Alpha Hydroxy Acid derived from sugar cane (it can also be made synthetically). Due to its smaller molecular size, glycolic acid is more effective than other alpha hydroxy acids and when used correctly can improve the look and feel of the skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and age spots.
how does it work?
Glycolic acid works in a number of ways, primarily through its exfoliation properties. On application the glycolic acid penetrates the upper layer of the epidermis, weakening the binding properties of the lipids that hold dead skin cells together. This action allows the layer of dead skin cells to dissolve revealing the underlying skin.
what does it do?
Exfoliates by thoroughly removing the uneven, rough layer of dead skin cells, resulting in a more compact stratum corneum. Penetrates through the upper layer of skin to begin exfoliation from the bottom up, diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Increases moisture retention by binding with water and pulling it through the stratum corneum, improving skin hydration and overall skin health. Reduces the amount of surface skin oil, which aids the removal of blackheads and other skin impurities and can help stimulate collagen production within the dermis