How Chemical Peels Improve Skin
Chemical peels may correct sun damage, clear acne, flatten mild scarring, smooth fine wrinkles, and improve mild skin discoloration. Dr. Stolman uses glycolic acid peels to achieve these effects. Glycolic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid that is thought to achieve a superficial peel equal to that achieved with microdermabrasion and certain salicylic acid peels. Unlike microdermabrasion, glycolic acid and other alpha hydroxy acids have been shown to plump up collagen and rejuvenate the skin.
About the Procedure
Glycolic acid peels coined the phrase "lunch-time peel." That is because most people who have the peel can return to work that day and no one will suspect a thing. You may experience slight pink or redness in the first hour or two after treatment. You should avoid the sun after receiving this or any skin exfoliating treatment.
Mild superficial peels, like glycolic acid, will be most effective if done every 3 to 4 weeks, for a total of 6 to 10 peels. Depending on the desired effect, some people may benefit from maintenance treatments every couple months.