Glycolic Acid Peel for Acne
What is Glycolic Acid
Glycolic acid is part of the alpha hydroxy group of acids (AHA), derived from fruits and other foods (others in alpha hydroxic acid group are citric acid, malic acid, tartaric acid and lactic acid). Most glycolic acid comes from sugar cane. Of all the AHAs, glycolic acid has the smallest molecules, and therefore penetrates skin the most easily.
Glycolic acid peel works by loosening the glue-like substance that binds skin cells together, allowing the outer layers of skin to slough off. Following a glycolic peel treatment, skin may initially appear red and burned, but once the peeling process is complete, the patient’s face looks smoother, fresher, and more even in tone. Glycolic acid peel is used to reveal a more youthful complexion.
Glycolic peel treatments from a dermatologist usually begin at 20% and work up gradually to a concentration as high as 70%.
My Experience with Glycolic Peel
Just two months before marriage, I had a severe bout of acne which left scars due to the sunscreen I was using and I had no option, but to visit a dermatologist. The dermatologist I went to was a consulting physician at Apollo, Hyderabad, and he gave me two options, the first one was a long-drawn one and he said the scar healing process would be gradual and would take at least three months time to disappear. He gave me a second option of undergoing a glycolic peel if I want a quick-fix scar treatment since I was to be married soon. Since, I did not have much time left on hand, I chose to go for glycolic chemical peel. He told me I would have to take only a few sittings, maybe only two because my case was not that severe.
Anyways, I went ahead with the treatment and went to the doctor’s clinic for a glycolic peel. The first thing he did to my face was cleaning it with SPIRIT(ethyl alcohol). That’s when the fear struck me and I wondered whether he was doing some kind of an operation on my face. After that, he explained to me the procedure saying that he would first use a higher concentration of glycolic acid and in the second or third sitting would lower the concentration. He took the glycolic acid on a cotton and applied it all over the face. Within a minute, I felt as if my face was on fire, there was severe burning sensation, and I wanted to kick myself for going in for the treatment. The doctor then waited for 15 minutes and observed my face for any overt reactions. Then, he sent me home with a high SPF sunscreen and do’s and don’ts of taking care of chemically peeled skin. He told me I could venture outside after 1 or 2 days with of course the sunscreen on (vicious circle. ).
The next morning, I noticed that my facial skin had started peeling from here and there and believe me it was really scary. The peeling continued for another two to three days and after the third day, what I saw was absolutely clear and flawless skin and I stayed indoors and maintained the texture and quality of the new skin. I was careful about using a mild face wash and a higher SPF sunscreen and re-applied every 3 to 4 hours for continued protection.
Needless to say, I did not return for a second sitting, mainly because I had clear skin from the first sitting itself and secondly, because I couldn’t see my face peeling like that.
In my opinion, glycolic peels should only be tried in severe acne or hyperpigmentation cases and you should be in such a position that you would be able to take care of the new and sensitive skin. If you have to spend a considerable time outdoors immediately after the peel, glycolic peel should be best avoided.
Price: I had paid Rs. 850 for one-time sitting of chemical peeling around 4 years ago, don’t know the current price.
Benefits of a Glycolic Peel
• Significantly reduces hyperpigmentation.
• Significantly reduces acne scars.
• Significantly reduces superficial premature wrinkles.
• Stimulates collagen and elastin.
• Normal activities can resume after treatment.
We shall have a look at some homemade skin peel recipes in my next article.
Thanks Rupa………….we missed you too :thanks. thanks. thanks. thanks. thanks:
yes, Rupa, severe cases of acne, but if the problem is hormonal, hormones should be first corrected….otherwise acne will bounce back :zombiekiller. zombiekiller:
Hiiii Rupa…u ate and ate and ate…I just know it 😛 😛 😛
Priya – is regular block print…but like :yelo. yelo. yelo. yelo: this combinatino…yellow with red print…heheheee is extremely bright :yelo. yelo. yelo. yelo: was on sale…so me bought for myself and mom (maybe mom..maybe me only) so two different prints but same :yelo: combination…totally around 7 m I paid 375…me verrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrryyyyyyyy :yahoo. yahoo. yahoo. yahoo. yahoo. yahoo:
wowowwww…i go to BDA and quietly slip without checking Mrugna….i am sure if i enter i will keep buying….now getttt stitched…stitch patialaaaaa…..it will look super :woot. woot. woot. woot:
-* seeeeeeeeeeeeeeee this is why I love Blore…we all think alike…I was also thinking same same same thing….me stitch bright yellow patialas…..will be awesome na…somehow I feel brighter and more atrocious the colour..the better the patialas will be :toothygrin. toothygrin. toothygrin. toothygrin. toothygrin: My tailor tho hates stitching them with cotton…I dont understand his logic…he is like it’s cotton…I am like huh. He tho wants that chiffony material…is synthetic..I hate! Do you know any nice place to stitch these…I also think this guy steals kapda…:((
aare but patiala will only come out nice when its cotton…..chiffon will look so sad ….stitch stitch…it will lookkkkk reeally nice…. yahoo. yahoo. yahoo. yahoo. yahoo:
come to my area…loads of guys stitching……
Priya…..even I want good tailors….my usual tailor who stitches the perfect dresses is acting like he is the chairman of the plannnig commission…..I want to find a good tailor in hyderabad….somebody please help me 😥 😥 😥 😥 😥
yeah Rads…..I want to so badly show my tailor his place, but what to do, he is the only who stitches my dresses proper proper….all others mess up……. hunterwali. hunterwali. hunterwali. hunterwali:
and you didn’t even tell me……you my personal shopper na rads :hunterwali. hunterwali. hunterwali. hunterwali:
@Rati :thanks. cheers. cheers. cheers:
@Oye Rads..u r absolutely right i jst ate n slept all the time…n why did the ur profile pic. hunterwali. hunterwali. hunterwali: (the earlier was so much better than this)
@Cali:i saw ur pics..u r looking glowy glowy… :-* :-* :-*
blush. blush. blush. blush. blush. blush. blush. blush: Thankooo Rupa. 😀 😀 😀
Me keep changing now…cos me learning to take photies with my camera na 😀 😀 😀 😀 so loads of faltooo pics which can only be cropped and used for profile pics :toothygrin:
Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm :hunterwali. hunterwali. hunterwali. hunterwali: no more camera stories Ms. Rads….or cake stories….or food stories :hunterwali. hunterwali. hunterwali. hunterwali. hunterwali. hunterwali:
great article Jomol…..*touchwood* I have never faced acne problem….if I do I will surely remember glycolic peels :yes. yes:
Jinal………..only in severe acne cases darling….yeah you have very good skin :hunterwali. hunterwali. hunterwali. hunterwali. hunterwali: and you are winning contests left, right, and center :hunterwali. hunterwali. hunterwali. hunterwali:
Jomol, I always wondered what this Glycolic peel was, the Kaya people suggest this often 😕
Nice article, waiting for the next article :yes:
Uzma……….thanksssssssss……but uzma….glycolic peels should be done only by medical professionals….its an acid basically….it might cause severe burning if not used properly O:)
Grt one Jomoll My aunt did this after her pregnancy pigmentation. I was also going to try for my acne scars but she advised me not to …
but the pics are tempting me… 🙁
Beee……….but you have such a good and clear skin…..why would you want to undergo peeling :spank. spank. spank:
as usual awesome article jomol. jaiho. jaiho. jaiho. jaiho: i got soo involved whilst reading! hehehe… skin was on fire wasthe scariest part. peeling skin i coud bear to see but burning skin! 😯 😯 😯
Thank you Neha……. thanks. thanks. thanks. thanks: even I was scared when the tingling and burning happned, i could only sit back and face it, but then, end result was good only :woot. woot. woot:
touchwood me too never had any problem of acne…… :yahoo. yahoo. yahoo. yahoo:
ya once i had, but due to over eating of butter 😛 😛 😛
but before and after that no acne’s for me… O:)
i changed ma avatar… how do i look. only compliments plz
😛 😛 😛 😛 😛 😛 ………….
Very pretty Sugi 🙂
u entering the competition naa??
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