Cheshire Skin Clinic - Chemical Peels & Deep Heat Treatments
Glycolic acid is probably the best-known naturally occurring fruit acid or Alpha-Hydroxy Acid (AHA) and is typically derived from sugar cane (picture 1).
The use of AHAs to improve the appearance of the skin dates back to Egyptian and Roman times, Cleopatra bathed in sour milk and ladies in the French Court applied aged wine to their faces to keep their skin smooth and blemish-free, both contain naturally occurring AHAs.
Glycolic acid has the smallest molecular structure of any AHA (picture 2) and can therefore penetrate the surface of the skin, it then actively removes dead skin cells leaving the skin fresher and smoother. Glycolic acid also has the ability to act as a superior moisturiser. (The Ses laboratory was the first European Laboratory to manufacture Glycolic acid in home use products.)
Glycolic acid can help with a wide range of skin conditions, including:
Glycolic acid can also assist in the treatment of stretch marks, rosacea, broken capillaries, psoriasis and melasma - there are a number of different types of peel available in this line of skin care - an initial consultation at Cheshire Skin Clinic will ensure that the ideal treatment is carried out for your skin type and problem. As with all of the peels that are available at the clinic, it is important to discuss pre- and post-care, and use any home-use products in conjunction with the peel for maximum benefit.