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About Peel Treatments

Why Consider A Skin Rejuvenation Peel Treatment?

A Glycolic Acid rejuvenation peel treatment is a specific technique for skin renewal. It is used to help remove the damaged layer of surface skin cells revealing fresh skin, stimulating cell turnover and encouraging anti-aging effects in the skin layers. It is performed in clinic under the supervision of a skincare professional. 

A series of Glycolic Acid peels can help the skin appear healthier, smoother, plumper, firmer, less oily and more even toned with fewer acne blemishes. 

Benefits of A Skin Rejuvenation Peel

It is important to have realistic expectations in regard to what a Glycolic Acid Peel or series of peels can accomplish and to discuss your requirements with your skincare professional. The following are the types of improvements that can be expected:

  • Diminished appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Evening of skin tone and lightened discolorations.
  • Diminished appearance of pore size.
  • Improved skin tone and texture.
  • Reduced appearance of blemishes in acne prone skin.
  • Visual softening of shallow acne scars.
  • Increased skin glow or radiance.
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Before Peel Treatment After 4 Peels

Results achieved with NeoStrata ProSystem Glycolic Acid Peels. Photographs are unretouched and were taken using standardised photographic
conditions including lighting and subject positioning. Copyright NeoStrata Company Inc. 

Questions To Ask Your Dermatologist

Choosing to have Peel Treatment should be done in consultation with your dermatologist or medical skin care professional, to ensure the best outcome for your skin.

NeoStrata ProSystem Peels are doctor grade peels, specifically designed to target aging skin issues, pigmentation, acne and dry skin conditions. They are highly effective, with a limited downtime, however you should be comfortable with the type of peel treatment you have been recommended. Some good questions to ask are:

What type of peel do you recommend for my skin issues?

  • Your skincare professional may recommend a 20% Glycolic Acid Peel to start, allowing your skin to get used to this treatment. If your skin tolerates this, you may have stronger peels (35% - 70% peels) on subsequent visits. 
  • If your skin is used to other treatments and AHAs, then your skincare professional may choose to start at a higher strength for optimal results, such as a 50% or even 70% peel. 
  • If you have pigmentation or acne concerns, you may also have a layered peel, where a Citric Acid or Mandelic Peel is applied first for 2 minutes, before adding a Glycolic acid peel.

How many peel treatments will I need? 

  • Textural smoothing and improvements with acne prone skin can occur between 1 to 3 peels.
  • Deeper textural changes require multiple peels. Noticeable improvements usually occur between 4 to 6 peels and your specialist may recommend a series of 6 peels, depending on your skin concerns. Peel treatments should be administered once every 4 to 6 weeks. 
  • The most severe skin issues can take longer to improve. Results are best achieved in a series of peels and may be combined with other treatments to yield the best possible results for your skin.

Do I need to stop taking oral retinoids if I have a peel procedure?

  • Use of retinoids and other exfoliants can increase skin sensitivity and reactivity.
  • Under the direction of your dermatologist or doctor, you should discontinue use for 6 months prior to the procedure. You skincare professional may also recommend discontinuing topical retinoids and exfoliants for 1 to 2 weeks before your peel treatment.

How will I look and feel after my peel?

Glycolic acid peels are short, simple procedures with generally little or no downitme. However initially your skin may be red and feel sensitive. Some patients experience stinging, burning, itching, mild pain or discomfort, tightness, puffiness, crusting and peeling of the superficial layer of skin. These are all normal and expected results. It is important to remember that unlike other peels, you do not have to see visible flaking or peeling of the skin to achieve desired results. You may notice that your skin feels rough over the next couple of days due to enhanced exfoliation/light peeling. Note: skin will be especially sensitive to sunlight and other sources of UV light (tanning beds, etc.) avoid sun exposure and use sunscreen.

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