Most of our light chemical peels utilize glycolic acid, which is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) or fruit acid that is naturally found in sugar cane. It removes dead surface skin, revealing fresh, smooth skin underneath and stimulates the formation of new collagen to thicken skin. It is a mild, superficial peel that may cause tingling for a few minutes, but does not require a long recovery time. Improvement is noticed almost immediately. We use various strengths of glycolic acid to give the very best results. Depending on the skin type and the condition being treated, we may perform an AHA peel using lactic acid, or a beta hydroxy acid peel.
Both men and women of any skin colour can be treated successfully with light chemical peels. We also have specialized peels for teenage and adult acne, as well as rosacea. For full benefit, a series of 6 peels are performed, 2 to 4 weeks apart. You may experience mild redness for a few hours and a mild flaking the next day, but most patients can apply some make-up and continue with their regular activities. We even offer lunchtime peels and patients return to work right after their treatment. Sun protection is very important. One maintenance peel every 6 weeks or so will help keep skin fresh looking.
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