AHA (Glycolic Acid) Treatment
 
Applying AHA
Applying AHA

Glycolic acid acts by reacting with the upper layer of the epidermis, weakening the binding properties of the lipids that hold dead skin cells together. This allows the outer layer of the skin to "dissolve", revealing smoother, brighter-looking underlying skin. Fine, superficial imperfections and blemishes are improved while gently encouraging the skin's natural ability to remodel itself. Glycolic acid is also known to improve the appearance of fine wrinkles, acne and brown discolorations.

This is a "lunchtime" skin beauty treatment which is good for:

  • Surface skin imperfections
  • Sun-damaged skin
  • Skin with mild acne
  • Rough skin with a sallow complexion

The procedure:

A treatment session takes between 15-20 minutes. After cleansing your face, a layer of glycolic acid is brushed on. You will feel a slight to moderate stinging sensation. After a few minutes, a neutralizing solution is sprayed on to terminate the peel. The skin is then cooled for a couple of minutes after the procedure with a soothing cold mask.

After the session:

Glycolic acid serves as a superficial peel so there is no down-time after the procedure. Most people experience slight redness - akin to a sun-kissed glow - for a few hours after the treatment. Some have no discernable redness at all. In rare cases, patients may experience patches of redness and scabbing, which subside after a few days. Actual "peeling" of the skin - where dead skin rubs off - occurs only in a small fraction of people.

After the treatment you may wash and care for you skin as normal, however taking care to avoid any harsh (e.g. exfoliating) skincare products that could irritate the skin - such as retinols, acids and vitamin C - for a week. You should also avoid exposing the treated area to the sun as much as possible. Use a high protection factor sunscreen (SPF ≥ 25, PA+++) daily.

Cautions:

Do not exfoliate or have a facial treatment at a beauty salon for up to a week before and after an AHA peel.

The treated area should be protected from the sun's harmful rays (e.g. by using a good sunscreen) for at least a week after the treatment.

Do not pick at peeling skin, otherwise scarring or pigmentation could ensue. Allow the skin to shed naturally.

Treatment plan:

Unlike deep chemical peels that require a long recovery time, AHA peels work gently and gradually, yet effectively. It is best to start off with a course of six skin treatments, to be had once every four weeks, depending on the condition to be treated. The effect can then be maintained by repeating AHA peels every 2-3 months. Homecare products containing AHA or PHA acids can also maximize and maintain skin treatment results.