Glycolic Peels

Glycolic peels are a safe and proven method for revitalizing a patient's appearance and boosting self confidence. The combination of chemical peeling with other rejuvenating techniques is an ideal approach for patients who want to proactively combat the early signs of aging and maintain their attractive looks.

What are Glycolic Peels?
The chemical peel is one of the oldest cosmetic procedures in the world, and was performed in ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome to help people achieve smoother, more beautiful skin.  The solution that we use for light chemical peels is comprised of glycolic acid - an organic alphahydroxy acid extracted from sugar cane.  A glycolic peel is a non-invasive treatment that removes the upper layers of dead and damaged skin so that a new, smooth layer of skin is revealed.  The action of the chemical solution stimulates the production of elastin and collagen, essential components of healthy, youthful skin.  Typically administered as a facial peel, it is an effective treatment for fine lines, chronic dry skin, uneven pigmentation and acne.

Glycolic Peel Candidates:
Good candidates for light chemical peels are patients who have relatively mild skin imperfections and conditions, and who want to rejuvenate and enhance the appearance of their skin without the recovery time of harsher treatments.  We also use peels to enhance and prolong the effect of many of our other cosmetic services.  Glycolic acid peels are a safe and effective way to improve the look of sun-damaged skin, and they are helpful in reducing mild acne scars and fine lines.  Because these light chemical peels exfoliate the surface of the skin and unclog pores, they are also considered an effective type of chemical peel for acne treatment. 

Glycolic Peel Application:
We use a specific glycolic formula based on the characteristics of your skin and your desired result.  In preparation for a light chemical peel, the patient’s skin is first gently cleansed.  Then the chemical solution is applied to the targeted areas for a relatively short period of time.  An anesthetic is not needed for glycolic peels.  As the chemical solution works on the skin, the patient will typically feel a warm tingling or stinging sensation.  After the chemical solution has been on the skin for the prescribed amount of time, the treated area will be neutralized and then washed.  Finally, we apply a soothing lotion.  The entire process of a glycolic peel usually takes a few minutes, and the patient typically can expect to return to daily activities immediately.

Risks of Glycolic Facial Peels:
With light peels, relatively mild side effects such as redness and stinging usually subside shortly after the treatment.  Chemical peels rarely result in serious complications, but certain risks do exist.  These risks include scarring, infection, swelling, changes in skin tone, and cold sore outbreaks.  Side-effects are rare with our glycolic formulations.

Are Multiple Glycolic Peels Needed?
Unlike deep chemical peels, which require only one session, patients generally undergo six glycolic peels to achieve optimal results. Just as the formulation of the light chemical peel solution is customized for each patient, the number and spacing of the treatments varies according to individualized treatment plan for each patient.  Lower-strength glycolic solutions are available mixed with a facial wash as part of a daily skin-care routine.  Please ask to to learn more about the ideal treatment for your particular skin enhancement needs.


                       Full Circle Family Medicine
                           435 East Statesville Ave.
                       Mooresville, NC  28115-2598

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