acid loosens the bonds between cells, allowing old, dead skin cells
to float away-- to exfoliate. This revitalizes skin and stimulates
the production of new, healthy skin and subcutaneous tissues. After
exfoiliating dead skin, the use of sunblocks to protect skin from
the suns damaging rays is needed even more since the natural barrier
of dead skin cells has been thinned.
Several different strengths of glycolic acid can
be applied to your face in an MD supervised program. We sell a
10% glycolic acid for home use. Care use of this product is required,
since a 10% strength may cause scabbing if it is left on your face
for more than a few minutes when your skin is not used to it. 30%
and 50% are used in the office/shop for treatments. Many spas use
lower strengths-- ask before you have procedures performed. For home use of glycolic products, please
see the Instructions for Use of Facial Care Products for Men or Women .
Call 763 494-9846 for questions or to schedule an office-strength glycolic treatment.
Acid comes in varying strengths. At lower strengths it is used
as an exfoliant and at higher strengths it is used as a mild chemical
peel. As an exfoliant it softens and loosens the dry, dead skin
cells that form a barrier layer on the skin surface. This allows
the skin to shed the dead cells. This process uncovers new skin
cells to reveal a smoother, moister and fresher skin surface.
At the same
time it peels off dead layers of skin, Glycolic Acid loosens the
natural oils and dirt that build up in pores. This deep cleansing
action minimizes the appearance of the pores and reduces the development
of pimples or blackheads.
Acid also stimulates circulation to the skin. By doing this the
body's production of elastin and collagen is increased so that
the skin is more supple. The
new living cells retain moisture better which reduces the appearance
of fine lines and wrinkles. By
decreasing the barrier of dead skin cells, it becomes easier for
topical medications to penetrate the skin surface, creating better
Acid as part of the treatment of many skin conditions including
acne, precancerous lesions, keratoses, melasma, and/or other excessive
benefit, a series of 4 to 6 applications of Glycolic Acid are used. The
appropriate strength is chosen depending on your skin condition.
These treatments are performed at 7 to 10 day intervals. Periodic
follow-up glycolic washes 3 to 5 times throughout the year are
often used to maintain your skin's improved condition. If
you are using the Glycolic Washes as a part of a therapeutic program,
like treating acne, more frequent washes may be required. Unlike
a TCA or phenol peel, a glycolic program is designed to produce
changes in your skin slowly and safely.
wash is performed in the comfort of an office setting. After washing
off makeup, Glycolic Acid in a concentration of 30% or higher is
applied to your skin. You may experience a mild tingling or stinging
sensation when the glycolic is applied. After a few minutes, the
Glycolic Acid is neutralized with a gel that makes the acid inactive
and it is then rinsed off thoroughly with water.
your first glycolic wash your skin will appear smoother and will
have better color. Your skin should appear healthier with general
overall improvement in its condition. As you go through the series
you may experience minimal sunburn-like redness, light flaking,
or possibly even some crusting or scabbing. At the end of the series your skin will be smoother and you
will have more even skin tones. Fine lines are diminished and your
complexion will have better color due to improved circulation.
Your skin will look and be healthier.
foundation can be used with this program as well as blushes, powders,
eye make-up, etc. If
you are confused, ask our skin care adviser for a recommendation.
As your complexion gets healthier and more beautiful, you should
need less makeup.
of glycolic washes should be used if laser facial resurfacing
washes are better if any of the tissue to be treated is even
is better for leveling small scars and evening out skin irregularities.
washes can get closer to the edge of the bottom eyelid--microdermabrasion
can get into the crack between the nostril and the cheek better.
decrease wrinkles--a consultation is best to evaluate which
route to go -- or whether a combination series is indicated.
i.e... Instead of a series of 4-6 glycolic washes or 4-6 microdermabrasions,
sometimes a mixed series of 6 treatments will be recommended--
usually 4 microdermabrasions and 2 glycolics or 4 glycolics
with 2 microdermabrasions .
kinds of treatment can occasionally cause temporary scabbing.
The incidence seems to be about equal.
treatments should be used in conjunction with a good facial
care plan that includes daily home glycolic acid treatments.