How does it work?
Glycolic acid, the most commonly used form of
ahpha-hydorxy acids, has two direct skin
rejuvenating effects. First: exfoliation occurs as
this substance dissolves the bond that holds dead
skin cells on the surface. This allows dead cells to
be removed gradually, leaving behind a layer of
smoother and softer skin. Second: dynamic
stimulation of new collagen growth. Trichloroacetic
acid (TCA) peels can be considered for a more potent
effect, though downtime can result from the higher
concentrations used. Mandelic acid is useful in
suppressing pigmentation and rejuvenating photo-aged
skin. The peel procedure takes about thirty minutes.
Typically multiple peels are recommended at 2-3 week
intervals to optimize the results.
What products will be prescribed?
The regimen includes the following products, which
we will select for you on an individual basis
according to your particular skin type and needs:
● a mildly acidic facial cleanser that matches the
natural pH of normal, healthy skin
● a lotion, gel, or cream containing the correct
concentration of glycolic acid or other peels for
your skin type
● a moisturizer for the face and/or eye areas
● a bleaching (or lightening) cream to treat uneven
pigmented skin areas
● a hypoallergenic (non-PABA-containing,
fragrance-free) sunscreen with added moisturizers
● A hydrating agent that contains moisturizing and
Who is a candidate?
Most skin types can undergo these procedures.
What can I expect?
With a skin maintenance program, skin texture and
tone can be significantly improved, thereby
diminishing acne, fine lines and uneven pigmentation
(blotchiness) with more glowing and smoother skin.
Does it hurt?
Slight tingle is the usual sensation
What are the safety & side effects?
This treatment has a very strong track record
for safety and precision. Side effects are rare and
generally temporary. As with many products absorbed
through the skin, use of chemical peel is not
recommended on skin which has recently been peeled
or dermabraded. In addition, you should not have
this treatment if you are currently using Accutane
or have active eczema. Patients with occasional acne
breakouts may experience an initial worsening of
their acne during the first several weeks of
therapy. As treatment continues, however, the acne
problem is usually greatly improved. It is normal to
have some skin flaking or dryness in the first few
weeks. This flaking eventually subsides with the
continued use of the products.
How long is the recovery time?
Alpha- and beta-hydroxy acid peel patients
usually require no down time. TCA is a stronger
peeling agent that can deliver excellent results,
though down time is possible, depending on the
strength of acid used.
What are the pre and post treatment instructions?
Avoid excessive sun exposure and retinoic acid
creams (Retin-A) for two to three days before and
after treatment. We recommend the use of an
effective broad spectrum sunscreen whenever sun
exposure cannot be avoided.