Your Ultimate Guide to Glycolic Peels

Wrinkles, dark spots and acne blemishes are just some of the beauty problems most people suffer from. There are numerous treatments that can address these skin problems. Options vary from microdermabrasion, laser resurfacing to chemical peels.

A more popular type of chemical peel called Glycolic peel can help reveal a smoother and younger looking skin. But before deciding to undergo this skin treatment, you must take time to familiarise yourself with the important details of Glycolic Peels.

What is Glycolic Acid?

Glycolic Acid is a natural substance derived from sugar cane. It is a type of A-hydroxy Acid along with Lactic Acid from Milk and Citric acid from citrus fruits. This fruit-acid is one of the safest and most effective substances for skin care products and chemical peels.

Effective as it is mild and safe, glycolic acid is a very promising component of many skincare products and chemical peels. It offers safe and effective solution to skin problems like blemishes, scars and signs of aging.

How Does Glycolic Acid Benefit Your Skin

Effective Exfoliation of Skin

The topmost layer of the skin is our first line of defense against sun’s harmful rays, free radicals and dirt. Glycolic acid works to remove this layer which is filled with dead skin cells, dirt and sebum in order to reveal a more youthful glow. By doing so, it evens out dark spots, reduces acne blemishes and it tightens the pores as it flushes away stubborn dirt.

Treats Bad Skin Conditions

As a natural substance from sugar cane, Glycolic Acid is considered by most experts to be safe even on sensitive skin. Its natural properties help treat bad skin problems like Psoriasis, Seborrheic keratosis, Chicken skin and Melasma. It can even help remove ingrown hair.

Combats Signs of Aging

Glycolic Acid essentially helps the skin fight the signs of aging. It reduces the appearance of skin aging such as pigmentation, dryness and damages caused by sun-exposure.
Aside from revealing a smoother skin, this substance boosts the skin’s collagen production. Collagen is an important ingredient to keep skin firm and to get rid of wrinkles.

What is a Glycolic Peel?

What is a Glycolic Peel?

This is a mild chemical peel that uses glycolic acid as the active ingredient. By the term itself, the treatment peels off the damaged, wrinkled or blemished layer of the skin. By directly applying a special formula with this active substance onto your skin–commonly on the face, the top layer is removed to reveal a younger and smoother skin. The skin naturally sheds the outer layer gradually in about 3 to 7 days after the treatment.

Is Glycolic Peel for You?

Glycolic peel is a safe and effective treatment for the people who suffer from the skin problems previously mentioned above. However, if you think about having this treatment, there are few important things to consider:

Medical History

Risk Assessment by a doctor is vital to identify if you are a good candidate for this treatment. You may need to disclose your previous and recent cosmetic treatments and medications that you are taking up. Particularly, those who have had herpes infection are at risk of having herpetic breakouts. An antibacterial medication is prescribed for such patients.

It is also important to check if you have allergies with this substance. A lotion with mild glycolic acid is advised to be used prior to the treatment.

Existing Skin Condition

People with certain skin conditions are usually advised against Glycolic peel. Skin conditions that are not best candidate for glycolic peel are the following:

  • hypersensitive skin or extremely dry skin
  • abnormal skin pigmentation
  • facial warts
  • red-head with freckled complexion
  • dark complexion

If you have one of these, ask your doctor for your options.

Your Post-Treatment Activities

For best results, the face needs extra care after glycolic peel treatment. You should abstain from activities that will produce a lot of sweat to avoid irritating your skin. You should also steer clear of wearing make-ups so as not to clog your pores 24 hours after the treatment.

What to Expect after Treatment

Your doctor should tell you what to expect after the treatment.

Do not panic when your skin starts to feel and look worse. It is a sign that your skin is pulling up the damaged surface. Your skin will also start to red and feel tight, after which dryness and scaling will follow. A feeling of mild irritation is expected and this may last for about 3 to 7 days.

The smoother and younger looking skin will start to resurface after about a week.

Glycolic Peel Aftercare

Below are some of the general tips to protect your skin from irritation or infection after a Glycolic Peel treatment. Be sure to follow your doctor’s recommendations.

Wash Your Face

It is important to keep your skin clean and free from any irritants. At least 24 hours after the treatment, you should gently wash your face and do this twice a day. Avoid using cleanser with retinoic acid and acne products like benzoyl peroxide. Gently pat your face with a clean soft towel, do not rub your skin as it could cause scarring.


When your skin starts to suffer from dryness or scaling, never try to peel it off. This dryness is actually a part of the peeling process. To prevent irritation and scarring, use a mild moisturizer. Soothing lotions and hydrating serums are a good choice.

Avoid the Sun

Glycolic peels will make your skin more sensitive to the sun. To avoid having uneven skin tone, start using a prescribed sunscreen a month before the procedure. And right after the procedure, you must avoid sun exposure and smoking. Don’t forget to continue using sunscreen daily for protection.
Sunscreen with SPF 20 or higher is the best choice. Your doctor will most likely prescribe a sunscreen to address your specific condition.

How dr. dream can Help You

How dr. dream can Help You

If you consider having this treatment, dr. dream Australia is more than happy to help you get the youthful skin you deserve. dr. dream provides advanced, non-invasive skin treatments and cosmeceutical products for your unique skin care needs. We offer Glycolic Peels and other Chemical peels to address facial problems like pigmentation, blemishes, scars and signs of aging.

Do you have any question about Glycolic Peels? We’d love to hear from you, email us at or comment below.

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