What You Need To Know About Glycolic Acid Peels... It's Not As Scary As It Sounds

June 29, 2018

Pigmentation, enlarged pores and dull skin can easily creep up on even the most skincare conscious woman, and no matter how much you exfoliate your skin just won’t even out. This is where the game-changing aesthetic treatment known as chemical peels enter and smooth out your skincare concerns. When administered by a trained and knowledgeable aesthetic therapist, chemical exfoliating treatments can address specific or multiple skin concerns with glowing results.


Glycolic acid peels are undoubtedly one of my favourite chemical exfoliating treatments, especially for first-timers. Glycolic acid is the top choice when it comes to chemical exfoliators as it can safely and effortlessly exfoliate the top layers of the skin, thereby revealing a brighter and fresher complexion.

Is this just another beauty buzzword or is there some substance behind it?


Let’s take a quick look at the science behind glycolic acid:
Glycolic acid is a natural compound found in cane sugar – it’s part of the group of active compounds known as Alpha Hydroxy Acids or AHA for short. Glycolic acid is the most commonly used AHA in skincare and has quickly gained notoriety for not only being extremely effective but also safe to use. It has the smallest molecular size of all the AHAs and so it’s able to easily be absorbed into the skin and penetrate deep into the epidermis where it can really start working. Glycolic acid exfoliates the skin by gently loosening the bonds between each skin cell, encouraging accelerated shedding of dead skin, and revealing new, healthy skin.


My top 10 reasons for using glycolic acid:

  • Glycolic acid peels are safe, quick and easy to use making it the perfect treatment for clients who have never done medical aesthetic treatments before.

  • It’s versatile – glycolic acid can safely be used on all skin types and skin tones to treat an array of skin concerns.

  • Glycolic peels are a relatively inexpensive way to improve the skin’s quality and appearance.

  • Results may be visible straight after the treatment and continue to improve over the following three to four days.

  • There is no downtime after a glycolic peel making it the perfect lunchtime treatment.

  • Glycolic acid can be used for a number of different disorders, such as uneven skin tone, environmental/sun damage, acne and oily skin, dry, dull and mature skin and even ingrown hair.

  • Glycolic acid effectively prepares the skin for more invasive treatments making it a very popular starting point for aesthetics treatments.

  • This peel does not burn or sting like other acid peels, so there’s no need for topical anaesthetics before the treatment.

  • Glycolic acid may be neutralised at any time, allowing a deeper treatment for tougher skins and a more superficial treatment for sensitive skins. 

  • Glycolic acid is safe to use with other acids, making it very easy to customise treatments to suit every skin type and concern.

Glowing skin is only an appointment away. So give it a try, it’s never too late for your first glycolic treatment. Your skin will love you for it.

Please note, the Glycolic Acid Peels at that are used at Aurora Medical Aesthetics Centre may differ from other clinics and the information given in this article specifically relates to the peels used Aurora Medical Aesthetics Centre. 


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