Giving your skin new life
Using glycolic acid, a chemical peel is used to stimulate collagen production to loosen and remove dead skin cells.
What is glycolic acid?
Glycolic acid is a specially formulated extract from sugar cane. It can be found in small doses in high end cosmetic products, or used in higher doses through a medical professional trained in its use. Applied properly it is a safe and effective treatment for a variety of skin conditions including:
- Sun damaged skin
- Treating pre cancerous lesions
- Certain types of acne
- Fine wrinkles and age spots
What is involved in this treatment?
The affected area is prepared with alcohol to remove oils from the skin. The peel solution is applied to the affected area for three minutes and is then neutralized with the application of regular water.
During the peel, the treated area will feel a tingling to slight burning sensation. There is no down time associated with this treatment and side effects are minimal.
Best results are achieved when used in a series of five treatments, starting at 30% and increasing each session by 10% to a maximum of 70%. Each session is usually four to six weeks apart. You will then be assessed whether future treatments would be beneficial for you.
What should I expect after treatment?
The day of your peel your face will be slightly red. The tingling sensation will last for an hour or so after your session and then your face may feel a little tighter than before. Applying a moisturizer will help ease any discomfort. Taking a break from makeup for 24hrs is recommended. Over the next few days, your skin may be a little dry or flakey. After a week, your skin should feel smoother and improved. A sun screen of at least SPF 30 should be worn on a daily basis after the peel for two weeks, as your skin is more sensitive to sun rays.
If you develop some mild blistering after the peel, let them heal normally, and apply a small amount of Vaseline to the areas twice a day until they heal. Be sure to tell the nurse at your next appointment, so that the strength is not increased.
Rarely, people may have an allergic reaction to the glycolic acid peel (GAP). If you have an allergy to GAP, you may develop an itchy red rash to the areas the GAP was applied. If this happens, please contact us.
Are there conditions in which I should not have this treatment?
Some conditions in which you should avoid this treatment include:
- You are pregnant or are trying to become pregnant.
- You have an active ulcer, infection, or wound on the area of proposed treatment (this includes recent surgery, liquid nitrogen spray, radiation, active herpes, cold sore, or wart lesions).
- You have used Accutane within the past three to six months.
- If you have sun allergies, or have had significant sun exposure in the past 48 hours.
- If you are prone to forming keloid or hypertrophic scars.
Is an appointment necessary for this treatment?
Yes. First, a referral is required to see Dr. Coffey. During your visit, it will be determined whether or not you are a candidate for this treatment, and then the next available appointment will be made for you.