We all would like to look a little younger with fresh, glowing skin. It seems that every year, there are more and more products on the market that claim to make you look younger, brighter, more vibrant. But do these products truly work? One thing that we can stand behind are products that contain glycolic acid. This acid works to slough off the dead layers of skin in order to bring forth the fresher and younger skin beneath the top layers. Just like products that contain glycolic acid, we also recommend glycolic facials. Some people have a negative connotation to this type of skin treatment, but glycolic facials have slew of benefits that people tend to miss. If you are one of the disbelievers, here is a little more information for you that may just change what you think about glycolic facials.
WHAT ARE GLYCOLIC FACIALS?
First off, what exactly is a glycolic facial? A glycolic facial is a skin treatment that applies acid onto your skin. Before your nerves completely take over though, it is good to know that the acid is derived from sugar cane and it is diluted or presented in a compounded form, making it less harsh when applied to your face. They are used to remove superficial wrinkles and dry patches of skin, as well as to treat sun damage and acne scars. Recent research has also indicated that glycolic peels can help patients with acne and rosacea. Unlike regular over-the-counter facial scrubs that only clean the surface of your skin, the glycolic facial deeply penetrates the skin, clearing out your pores thoroughly. While some people may have a fear of having a skin treatment that involves acid, the acid is the component that gets through several layers of skin to clean deep into the pores where other treatments cannot reach.
WHAT IS THE PROCESS?
The process of the glycolic facial itself is quite simple. The duration of the process often varies from person to person, depending on the reasoning for the treatment and what each person wants to achieve from it. A light layer of the peel will be applied to your face and left on for a specific period of time. Once your time is up, the peel is removed from your face and you are free to go. Pretty simple, right? In some cases, people may feel a slight burn or experience some redness, but this pain won’t last. It’s almost the equivalent to getting a facial wax. They require no real recovery time so you can leave the doctor’s office with a fresh and renewed face!
HOW OFTEN IS THE TREATMENT RECOMMENDED?
Depending on the condition of the skin, glycolic facials can be done as a maintenance treatment to freshen up the skin every 4-8 weeks. If you have neglected your skin though, it is recommended to start a series of 4-6 treatments every 2 weeks.
WHY SHOULD YOU GET A GLYCOLIC FACIAL?
Why not? Who doesn’t want to have a youthful glow to their skin? Whether your pores were trapped from make-up that wasn’t properly removed or from germs in environment, a glycolic facial is a great way to achieve freshly renewed skin with no downtime.
WHO SHOULD GET A GLYCOLIC FACIAL?
Anyone can get a glycolic facial, as long as it has been approved by their skin care specialist. It is particularly recommended for those who suffer from facial acne or who are concerned about fine lines and wrinkles. However, if you do have very sensitive skin, you should be more aware of the potential side effects that can occur. These include some dryness, flakiness and redness that can be expected.
If you want to uncover that smooth, untouched skin beneath what you see now, we hope that this information about glycolic facials has helped you to understand this skin treatment a little better! And if you were a disbeliever to begin with, we hope that our information has presented a different, and more positive, perspective. Afterall, it never hurts to try something new!