Can Glycolic Facial Peels be painful?
Glycolic Peels are not painful, however some patients experience tingling or a stinging sensation throughout the treatment but mainly when the glycolic acid peel is on and active. We will keep massaging the peel over the skin during this time to minimise this sensation. The skin may feel a bit sensitive and warm, with some redness after the treatment which is normal. This will calm down within 12 hrs.
Will I be able to go out after the glycolic peel?
There is no down time for this facial whoever directly after treatment you can expect some redness and a shiny appearance, but skin will look fresher from 12hrs after. You are advised not to wear makeup for about 4 hours to let the products fully absorb. We would suggest the peel settles for at least that amount of time before going out.
Avoid sweating for 12 hrs post treatment as the products should remain on the skin to give you best results. Your best results are about 2-4 days after the treatment.
I have had chemical peels before. Can I go straight to 30%?
For safety reasons, we can only start with 10% for your first visit to the clinic. If we use a higher percentage straight away, without fully following procedure, a reaction could occur. If this happens the desired results could take longer to achieve, as you would require a longer break between sessions.
How quickly can I go onto the 30% peel?
It will vary person to person, we will see how your skin responds to the 10% and 20% peels. If your skin is extremely tingly or flakes with the 10 %, we would treat the skin twice at this level leaving the peel on for a longer time. If you have minimal results we would apply up to the 20% on your second treatment for the minimum time . This would be the same process for 30%. The results will guide the level of use after your first Glycolic peel facial.
You can have facials every week depending on your skin concerns which will be discussed with your therapist prior to treatment or in our FREE 20min skin consultation.
Why don’t you use a steamer in a glycolic peel facial?
As the steamer creates steam to soften the skin, it also causes heating of the skin. This is not good for the glycolic acid, as heat may cause the peel to over stimulate therefore causing more of an irritation. Steam will also cause the skin to sweat which means the peel will be expelled from the skin and not allowed to absorb and work within the deeper layers as required. The heat from the steamer will open the pores further, either causing the products to sweat back out onto the surface of the skin, or cause further irritation from the peel.
Is Glycolic acid better than Salicylic acid?
It is not necessarily better but is different – the molecules in this type of AHA are smaller, allowing it to penetrate the skin deeper so getting to the area where inflammation would occur . Salicylic acid is an oil based AHA which will be absorbed into the pores and merge with the oil that is already inside, therefore helping with very congested skins. A combination of these two AHAs is great for oily acne skins.