Glycolic peels diminish fine lines around the mouth and under the eyes, treat some forms of acne, improve wrinkles and mild scars and reduce age spots, freckles and dark patches, according to WebMD. They also improve the overall look and feel of the skin.
The active agent in a glycolic peel is glycolic acid, which is an alpha-hydroxy acid that occurs naturally in some fruits and foods, explains Advanced Dermatology and Skin Surgery. A glycolic peel removes the skin’s surface layers and accumulated dead cells, which encourages even pigmentation and firmness and improves the appearance and texture of the skin.
A peel series involves several in-office treatments over a period of time, usually four to six weeks apart, states Advanced Dermatology and Skin Surgery. Acne-prone skin exhibits improvement and textural smoothing within one to two months. Softening fine lines, lightening pigment irregularities, minimizing pore size and increasing the skin’s texture and glow requires multiple peels at greater strengths.