Glycolic acid is a chemical element that occurs naturally in most sugar canes, but can also be created synthetically. In skin care, it’s predominantly used as an exfoliant and a means to clean and polish the skin. A glycolic facial is a type of skin care treatment in which the acid is applied to the skin of the face in order to deeply penetrate, cleanse and restore the skin. They are recommended to shrink pores and improve the overall look of skin on the face and neck. The acid works to buff or peel away the topmost layer of the skin. The peel itself helps the body remove dead tissue, allowing it to be replaced with new, fresh skin. The acid is usually combined with a milder scrub or cream to help it adhere, but the main idea is that the acid itself penetrates beneath the surface and forces the younger skin below to rise to the top. Older skin on the surface peels away.
Glycolic treatments typically include both pre-procedure and post-procedure routines. Before getting the actual glycolic facial treatment, a person should typically not use any masks, scrubs, or other exfoliating creams on the face. Use of self-tanners, facial waxing, or vitamin A compounds should also be avoided for the two days prior to the facial. These compounds can weaken the skin and can enable the acid to penetrate deeper than it should or more harshly than it normally would, which can lead to damage and irritation.
Before your first treatment, we will assess your skin and your primary concerns and will then prescribe a course of treatment. In the treatment, your face is cleansed of makeup and debris. The glycolic solution is then applied to your skin for up to five minutes. While the solution is on your skin, you may feel a very light tingle, which will gradually increase. This tingling is not painful or uncomfortable, as the solution is neutralized. Once it has been removed, your skin is treated to a light SPF moisturizer.
Anyone can benefit from a glycolic treatment, but those who are transitioning into middle age, who have mild to moderate sun damage, or other skin tone issues often see the most profound effects.
Additional benefits of glycolic facials include:
- Help to shrink the appearance of pores.
- Used to treat acne and acne scars by delivering a stronger dose of glycolic acid than what many over-the-counter acne treatments contain.
- Reverses the look of sun damage by stimulating the rebuilding of skin cells, exposing a fresh layer of skin.
- Helps to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles.
Disclaimer: As always, this information is provided to you for educational and/or informational purposes only, and should not be construed as an endorsement of any particular product, treatment, or procedure. This information is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnoses, or treatment by a doctor or other qualified health care professional. For medical concerns, including decisions about any procedure or treatment, users should always consult their doctor or other qualified health care professional. All facial services are individualized. Our video is just a general demonstration, but may not be followed exactly on a particular patron.