Glycolic acid is the most active and beneficial of the Alpha-Hydroxy-Acids (AHA) used in skin care and is derived from sugar cane. Studies have shown glycolic acid to be the most effective fruit acid for cosmetic application. It has the smallest molecular structure of all AHAs, thus possesses the greatest penetration potential. Inside the cell, it stimulates the collagen and elastin fibers in the dermis, improving the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and other forms of sun damage. Due to this unique mechanism of action, glycolic acid has also been found to be beneficial for the management of conditions involving hyperkeratinization, i.e., psoriasis, ichthyosis, acne, dry skin, etc. Anyone suffering from these skin disorders would benefit greatly from the use of glycolic acid. It’s a fundamental part of a skin care maintenance program that will keep your skin healthy throughout the years.
WHAT IS GLYCOLIC ACID
Glycolic acid is one of the naturally occurring fruit acids derived from sugar cane. The active ingredients of fruit acids when purified are called “Alpha Hydroxy Acids” (AHA). When used as prescribed, with a combination of superficial peels and home maintenance, the gradual removal of the top layer of skin will result in a fresher, rejuvenated complexion.
HOW IT WORKS
Glycolic acid works on the epidermis, the upper layer of the skin. The normal shedding of the layer becomes regular. When applied to the skin, the acid lifts removes dead cells to reveal skin underneath that is smoother, fresher, and healthier looking. Eventually, this layer becomes more uniform after a peel resulting in a smoother feel, look, and texture of the skin. As it works into the deeper layers of the epidermis, the appearance of the skin is improved. Increased blood flow through the skin produces a smooth, clear, younger looking appearance
WHAT YOU WOULD USE IT FOR: Acne, Superficial Acne Scars, Acne Cysts, Dry Skin, Dull Complexion, Age Spots, Uneven Skin Tone, Blackheads / Comedomes, Fine Wrinkles, Sun Damaged Skin, Hyperpigmentation, General Skin Irregularities.
Achieve radiant, glowing skin with a chemical peel. At Body Face & Energy, we have a variety of peel options from mild, for a pre-event glow, to deep peels, which address more serious skin issues. Our estheticians will consult with you to choose the right peel for your skin concerns.
Chemical peels can be done on the face, neck, or hands. They can be used to:
Reduce fine lines under the eyes and around the mouth
Treat wrinkles caused by sun damage and aging
Improve the appearance of mild scars
Treat certain types of acne
Reduce age spots, freckles, and dark patches (melasma) due to pregnancy or taking birth control pills
Improve the look and feel of skin
Areas of sun damage may improve after chemical peeling.
Vivité Glycolic Chemical Facial Peel
This peel, containing a 70% glycolic compound, helps to promote skin clarity and smoothness while helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. A series could help improve uneven skin tone and hyper pigmentation. Great complement to any facial. $95 (30min)
This gently rejuvenating SkinMedica peel targets sun-damaged skin, fine lines and uneven skin tones. It tightens the skin with minimal peeling and is suitable for all skin types. Perfect for first time chemical-peel patients or in preparation for a special event. Little to no downtime. Recommended in a series of 3-6 treatments. $99 (30min)
The Vitalize Peel from SkinMedica is a unique break-through formulation of mild acids that provide a complete, consistent and safe peel with no downtime. This non-invasive, medical-grade peel creates a softer, radiant, youthful complexion. The Vitalize Peel is safe and gentle for all skin types and is recommended for reductions of fine lines and enlarged pores along with lessening of superficial pigmentation from sun damage. $175 (30min)
The Rejuvenize Peel is a professional grade, deep action chemical peel, from SkinMedica, that effectively treats sun damage, melasma, acne scarring and fine wrinkles in as little as just one application. It penetrates deep into the surface layers of the skin, and begins working almost instantly to deliver even, radical exfoliation and expose fresher, more beautiful looking skin. The Rejuvenize Peel is specially formulated to provide the most dramatic results possible while maintaining minimal downtime and discomfort. Recommended in a series of 3-6 peels.