Do Glycolic Peels Increase Aging?

I am aware that the glycolic peels remove the dead layers of the skin which helps to promote new cells to the skins surface much quicker. I'm also aware that after a certain age our skin cells renew themselves more slowly. But by speeding up this process how do you know that you are not speeding up the ageing process of the skin?

Doctor Answers 4

Glycolic peels have stood the test of time

By clearing away the superficial dead skin cells, the peels allow the healthy living skin cells to show through. Also it allows the ever important moisturizers - to penetrate better. 

South Bend Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Glycolic peels help to reverse signs of aging.

Glycolic peels help to reverse signs of aging. Speeding up cell turnover actually makes the skin more youthful in appearance and function. 30 years of research on glycolic acid have proved these concepts.

William P. Coleman III, MD
Metairie Dermatologic Surgeon
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Glycolic Acid increases skin turnover and improves hydration of the skin

Glycolic Acid increases skin turnover and improves hydration of the skin. As these are normal functions of the skin and enhances a youthful appearance these peels have stood the test of time.

Edward Lack, MD
Chicago Dermatologist
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Risks of Glycolic Acid Peels

Glycolic acid, even in stronger concentrations, will not penetrate deeply enough to do damage to the deeper, growing layers of the skin.  It usually causes a mild exfoliation of the dead skin cell layers and helps with skin hydration. There should be no risk of speeding up the aging process. More importantly, if you want to slow down the aging process, wear your sunblock every day - year round!

Mitchell Schwartz, MD
South Burlington Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 10 reviews

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