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Chemical peels can be a great way to fight the skin’s aging process.
In particular, glycolic facial peels, or alpha-hydroxy acid chemical peels, are ideal for those with visible signs of aging, such as brown spots, also called hyperpigmentation, uneven skin texture, and photaging, which is the damage done to the skin over a person’s lifetime.
“It is an all over skin tone enhancer,” said Kathe Malinowski, lead esthetician and marketing manager for Eterna MedSpa & Laser Vein Center.
With the peels, skin is cleansed and a chemical solution is applied to the face which removes the top layer of the skin, revealing a fresh, new layer.
The result? Softer, smoother and more radiant skin.
The alpha-hydroxy acid in the peel is usually derived from natural sources, such as sugar cane, fruit and milk sugars.
Results, which include improved skin texture and tone, are typically best when the glycolic peel is done in a series of 1 to 4 a year.
Chemical peel procedures take less than an hour to perform, with minimal discomfort during the treatment.
Because glycolic acid can make the skin more sensitive to the sun, the application of a sunscreen lotion with SPF is recommended for several days following the peel.