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Dermatologists in La Mesa explain everything you need to know about glycolic peels for healthy skin

Posted on: August 16th, 2019 by Dr. Christopher Crosby

Over time, exposure to environmental toxins and age lead to changes in the skin. Fine lines, wrinkles, and brown spots begin to appear. The skin’s tone and texture change. When it comes to improving the skin’s appearance, there are a variety of treatments. The Board-certified dermatologists at Grossmont Dermatology in La Mesa offer glycolic peels to give patients youthful, healthy skin. Our team of experts understand the common signs of aging and can fill you in on everything you need to know about glycolic peels.

Healthy skin has an effect on an individual’s appearance and confidence. Good skin care keeps the skin fresh and blemish free. Glycolic acid is widely used in skincare to refresh and brighten the skin. Glycolic peels are popular for those individuals that hope to improve the texture of their skin with very little down time.

Q: What is a glycolic peel?

A: A glycolic peel is a type of chemical peel treatment that enhances the skin. Chemical peels are good for individuals looking to improve the texture and tone of their skin. A glycolic peel by a dermatologist contains a professional concentration of glycolic acid. The formulation is applied to the skin. It only has to stay on for a couple of minutes before it is washed off. Glycolic acid is an exfoliative peel. The product stimulates cell turnover and removes dead skin cells. The patient’s skin is made smoother with improved texture and tone. Glycolic peels are safe for all skin types.

The strength of glycolic peels can be tailored to the patient’s individual needs.Performed by a medical professional, peels are safe, quick, and effective. Depending on the severity of the skin issues, a series of treatments may be needed to produce the optimal results. Patients can make the results last longer by protecting and taking care of their skin. Following a good skin care regimen at home and wearing sunblock protects the health of the skin.


Q: What conditions do Glycolic peels treat?

A: Glycolic peels encourage healthy skin. They may be used to treat the following concerns:

  • Improves the appearance of sun damaged skin
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Mild sun damage
  • Acne blemishes
  • Poor skin tone or texture

Q: What should I expect from a glycolic peel treatment?

What should I expect from a glycolic peel treatment in La Mesa area

A: A consultation with one of our dermatologists will help our team determine the best treatment for each patient’s unique needs and goals. Every patient has unique needs so there is no one-size-fits-all treatment. For many patients, a glycolic peel helps exfoliate the skin and improve its appearance. This treatment reduces the appearance of skin blemishes and signs of aging. By treating the damaged cells, the health of the skin is improved. Optimal results are best achieved by having a series of peels.

Q: Is downtime necessary following a treatment?

A: Glycolic peels are often called lunchtime peels because they can be performed quickly, easily, and without downtime. After the treatment, the skin may be red, but patients can resume their normal activities. Downtime is not required. Makeup can be used immediately but apply it gently to avoid traumatizing the skin. Once the exfoliation process is complete, your skin will feel softer and absorb products more effectively.

After a glycolic peel treatment, the skin may temporarily be more sensitive to the sun. Although sunscreen is always important, it is especially important after a peel. Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen of SPF 30 or above to protect against UVA and UVB rays. Limit your time in the sun especially between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Chemical peels are a cosmetic treatment aimed at resolving skin problems for a more youthful, rejuvenated appearance. Improve your skin’s health with a glycolic peel treatment. Contact the Board-certified dermatologists at Grossmont Dermatology Medical Clinic. Call [phone].


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