What are glycolic or alpha hydroxy facial peels?
A superficial alpha hydroxy chemical (also known as glycolic) peel is a quick, no downtime procedure that renews the skin by lifting dead cells off the surface of your skin and stimulating metabolism of the cells underneath. With a series of alpha hydroxy facial peels, available in the London areas of W1, Wimbledon and NW London, you can quickly achieve substantial improvement in the appearance of superficial lines and uneven pigmentation, while making your skin look and feel softer, smoother and more radiant.
Acne scars and enlarged pores may become less noticeable and acne breakouts may be reduced. At Medi-Care Treatments we use the NeoStrata Range of alpha hydroxy peels.
Who will benefit from the facial peel?
Many skin problems are associated with excessive build-up of dead cells making the skin hardened and dull. Problems are exacerbated by exposure to the sun, pollution and other environmental effects, leading to skin damage and disease. Mild exfoliation treatments are usually suitable for all skin types including those patients with acne or sensitive skin. All areas of the body and all age groups can be treated as well as the face. Individuals who have sunspots, sun-damaged skin, dry, ageing skin, oily skin with enlarged pores and acne scarring are also good candidates.
When should one start glycolic acid or alpha hydroxy facial peels?
The skin is continually undergoing natural exfoliation. As one ages, the epidermal cell turnover slows down and one’s skin becomes dull because the topmost layer consisting of dead cells becomes too thick. This dead layer can challenge the skin causing whiteheads, blackheads, rough texture and uneven appearance of the skin tone.
If one exfoliates regularly, new healthy skin cells are exposed to nutrients from the air, water and daily skin products. These nutrients are then transported to the deeper skin cells where they are needed, improving circulation.
Acne is improved by the unplugging of pores to release the excessive sebaceous secretions which cause pimples if they become infected with bacteria.
Potential benefits of alpha peels include fresher, brighter looking skin with better acne defences and better penetration of active ingredients of skin care products.
Results that you can expect after a facial peel:
- Fine lines and wrinkles become less apparent
- Skin tone evens out and improvement of overall skin colour
- Texture becomes more refined and smooth
- Oily or acne prone skin is improved
- Rehydrates tired damaged skin
- Enlarged pores appear smaller and spots minimised
- Improves colour and smoothness of old scars
- Skin appears healthier and more youthful
- Increased natural skin glow and radiance
- Overall improvement in skin condition of the face and body
How will you feel after a facial peel?
Usually the skin is normal immediately after a mild alpha hydroxy acid peel and makeup may be applied after your session.
Depending upon the strength of the alpha hydroxy acid chemical peel, a mild redness of the skin may occur following the procedure followed by mild scaling that ends within three to seven days.
Mild alpha hydroxy acid peels may be repeated at one to four-week intervals for a series of 6 peels until the desired clinical effect is achieved. With each additional treatment, you should see incremental gains in the overall appearance of the skin.
Your skin usually feels tighter and smoother but may also feel a little sting or itch.
You will care for your skin by using a mild non-abrasive cleanser or other mild products for five days as well as protecting your new skin with adequate sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide as an active ingredient.
In addition, it is best to avoid prolonged sun exposure.
Can exfoliation treatment be combined with other treatments?
Alpha hydroxy acid peels can be performed alone or in combination with numerous other treatments we offer. For maximal benefit, 4 to 6 in-office professional alpha hydroxy peels every 2 – 4 weeks should be teamed with an anti-ageing optional extra to create an environment in which the skin is continuously rejuvenated.
At Medi-Care Treatments we pride ourselves on visible results. As an aesthetic clinic we offer anti ageing treatments and problem specific additives as an addition to our Facial Peels London service to ensure amazing results.
How many treatments are needed?
Results can be seen after the third or fourth treatment. For best results 4 to 8 treatments are needed 2 weeks apart.