treatments, also known as superficial
chemical peels, have been used in dermatology for
over 20 years but have become very popular much
Your skin is constantly renewing itself. New skin is
constantly being produced and the old skin flakes
off into the environment (desquamation).
It has been found that, in patients with solar
damage, the sallow colour and lack
of luster of the skin, as well as minor alterations of pigment, are caused by
failure of the skin to desquamate properly.
Similarly, in acne, much of the problems seem to be caused by the skin, just
inside the opening of the oil gland, not desquamating properly. Glycolic Acid
treatments are helpful because they promote normal desquamation of the skin.
Although everyone's skin is different and some patients seem to respond better
than others do, patients with solar damage find that the glycolic acid treatments
help to improve the general texture and appearance of the skin. After a series of
treatments, the skin tends to feel softer and smoother and also, the sallow
colour of the skin tends to decrease. Many patients report that their skin looks
and feels more "alive" after the treatments are finished.
Patients with acne, who are treated with glycolic acid, will often find that after a
series of treatments they have fewer problems with blackheads, whiteheads and
pustular lesions. The treatment does not cure acne but tends to make it more
There have been many articles in fashion magazines, etc., that seem to infer
that these treatments improve wrinkles and take off liver spots. This does not
occur during the series of peels, but liver spots and solar induced wrinkles, such
as crow's feet, can improve if a maintenance program, including a glycolic acid
moisturizer and Vitamin A acid (Retin-A), is continued for several months after
the peel treatments are finished. We usually recommend that the glycolic acid
treatments be repeated at least once a year for optimum results.
Glycolic acid treatments generally are performed in the office at approximately
two-week intervals for a series of treatments. Usually 5-6 treatments are needed.
In most cases, the concentration of glycolic acid used is increased gradually
with each treatment. Between treatments, the patients are given a booster
cream or lotion to use at home to increase the effectiveness of these treatments.
After the treatments are completed, a maintenance program of glycolic acid
cream or lotion and Vitamin A acid is continued.
Glycolic acid treatments are safe. There is a mild burning of the skin when the
medication is applied in the doctor's office. Virtually all patients develop some
redness of the face after each application. This redness looks like a sunburn
and tends to last for 24-48 hours. A small percentage of patients (less than 5%)
experience some crusting after a treatment is done. This is mild in most cases
and subsides over a few days.
| Wrinkle Reduction
| Dermal Fillers
| Laser Hair Removal
| Glycolic Peels
| Removalof Growths and Spots