Glycolic acid and other chemical peels. Here’s what you should know!

Glycolic acid is one of those ‘miracle’ ingredients that’s now part of nearly every product from drugstore skincare like Neutrogena to niche skincare brands like The Ordinary & Pixi to even luxury skincare like Caudalie & Murad. 

Essentially, Glycolic acid is an AHA (Alpha-Hydroxi Acid) and is an effective chemical exfoliant. Chemical exfoliants have a ‘peeling’ effect. They get rid off dead skin layers to reveal smoother & clearer under layers of your skin.

Glycolic acid is the most common chemical exfoliant, and beauty experts have often referred to it as the “holy grail” when it comes to correcting skin imperfections. When applied on to the skin, Glycolic acid is able to break bonds between dead cells and free them so they can be removed from the skin.

Glycolic acid has immense benefits for the skin, including:  

  1. As an exfoliator, it gets rid of old skin cells thus, accelerating new skin growth for younger-looking skin.
  2. It is highly recommended for acne-prone skin because it helps unclog pores by removing dirt which blocks them causing breakouts.
  3. It helps reduce signs of aging by boosting the production of collagen and elastin which are essential for a firmer and plumper look.
  4. Glycolic acid also helps treat other skin problems such as hyperpigmentation, keratosis pilaris, and psoriasis while reducing the appearance of blackheads.
  5. It also helps your skin absorb products such as serums and are medication, better.

Incorporating chemical exfoliants like Glycolic acid in your skincare routine and regularly getting facial treatments with this ingredient will help correct skin imperfections and brighten your skin complexion for a youthful glow.

While the term ‘chemical exfoliant’ may sound scary and aggressive on your skin, it is way safer on your skin in comparison to physical exfoliants. It causes much less irritation & dryness. 

The only downside to Glycolic Acid and other chemical exfoliants is ‘Overuse’ which makes your skin susceptible to sun and environmental damage. For most skin types, it isn’t necessary to have chemical exfoliants in your face wash, toner, serums & face masks. Most skincare products these days also have highly concentrated concoctions of chemical exfoliants, so it’s very easy to get too much chemical exfoliant on your skin which is quite damaging. 

Our recommendation is to do your research and get minimal chemical exfoliants into your daily skincare routine. If you’re dealing with issues like hyperpigmentation, scarring and clogged pores, you should get more potent chemical exfoliant treatments occasionally. 

At Ivory aesthetics, we provide personalised facial treatments that incorporate chemical peels such as glycolic acid and hyaluronic acid. Give us a call on 04 451 5554 for more information or you can book an appointment online by clicking here

Skincare 101: Your Guide To Chemical Peels

Chemical peels are a leading component in great skin care.

Aside from its effectiveness in exfoliating the skin’s surface to encourage fresh and new cells to develop, Chemical Peels are also considered as a great supplemental treatment to laser resurfacing and laser skin tightening. This is why chemical peels have become increasingly popular throughout the years.

Chemical peels use chemical solutions such as alpha hydroxy acid or trichloroacetic acid to resurface the skin by removing the top, damaged layers and revealing a smoother, healthier, younger-looking complexion.

At Ivory Aesthetics, we offer a wide range of chemical peels that cater to all skin needs.

Nimue Glycolic Treatment

Recommended for: hyperpigmented skin

Our Nimue glycolic treatment works great for the hyperpigmented skin. It uses glycolic acid for thorough exfoliation, offering controlled and expected elimination of dry skin tissues, and boosting the feel and appeal of the skin.

Nimue TCA Peel

Recommended for: acne prone and clogged skin

Also known as a proactive skin restoration therapy, our Nimue TCA Peel uses the Bio-active compound in conjunction with 7.5% TCA for deep exfoliation of the skin’s outermost layer. This facilitates in effective penetration of skin healing alpha hydroxy acids and other active ingredients – resulting in a vibrant, evenly textured and smooth skin

Nimue Fading Treatment

Recommended for: sun damaged and pigmented skin

It uses antioxidants that protect your skin from environmental damage and free radical irritation. These antioxidants reduce melanin, thus regulating new pigmentation production, while fading existing ones.

Nimue Corrective Treatment

Recommended for: acne and acne scarring

It is a superficial gentle peel – a perfect treatment for acne and acne scarring. The active ingredients and corrective serum used during the treatment helps in absorbing excess oil to prevent accumulation of dirt, the primary cause behind acne, while also diminishing acne scars and refining large pores to prevent breakouts.

Improve your skin’s appearance by choosing the best chemical peel that can perfectly cater to your skincare needs.

Our experts will help you determine your skin type and suggest the most suitable facial treatment for you. Call us on +971 445 155 54 to book a consultation with one of our skincare experts.


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