Glycolic Acid and Salicylic Acid Peels
Glycolic Acid Peel
Glycolic acid, also known as AHA (Alpha-hydroxy acid) is most commonly used as a light chemical peel. This type of light chemical peel can be combined with other skin rejuvenating procedures such as microdermabrasion. The effectiveness of glycolic acid peels can vary from no result to a dramatic positive effect depending on many factors. Medium to deep peels of AHA peel will exfoliate and rejuvenate the skin and as a result, it reduces sun damage, discoloration, fine wrinkles, and it improves skin texture and glow.
If the AHA peel is performed by an inexperienced provider, it may cause deep burns, permanent scarring, and discoloration. We frequently have patients seeking advice due to complications after an acid peel. Glycolic acid is one of the acids that continues to penetrate deeper into the skin after application, which is why improper utilization of such an acid can create further problems. Learn more about factors that define the risks and benefits of acid peels below.
Salicylic Acid Peel
Salicylic acid, also known as BHA (Beta-hydroxy acid), is mostly used for oily skin and acne. Salicylic acid works mainly on the skin’s surface and the inside of the pores. Upon application, salicylic acid shrinks and unclogs enlarged pores making this type of peel suitable for adjective treatment for acne-prone skin. Just like all the other acid peels, there are ways to make this type of treatment more effective and less risky. Learn more about factors that define the risk and benefit of acid peel below.
Combination treatment of BHA followed by AHA peel
In certain cases, we may customize the peel and apply multiple different type of acids to the face in layers in order to target and treat different unwanted blemishes and problems on the skin. Read about our secret peel!