Setiba Medical Spa offers Glycolic Peel treatment in Westlake Village, CA great for both men and women.

Glycolic acid is an alpha-hydroxy acid, derived from sugar cane, sugar beets, and other substances. It’s used as a medium-strength chemical peel. Glycolic acid has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Perfect for treatment of oily, dull skin and blackheads. 

Glycolic peel is formulated to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, photo-aging, dull skin, and skin imperfections. It provides deep exfoliation to even out the complexion and makes skin radiant. 


To help you decide whether this treatment is right for you, you should read the following facts. 

Glycolic acid peels are the most common alpha-hydroxy acid peels used by dermatologists. When used correctly, they’re considered safe and cause no downtime for people who get them. To acquire optimal results, you may require several peels over a period of time as determined by a doctor. Glycolic acid peels have proven benefits in the treatment of several skin conditions:

Glycolic acid has the smallest molecules of all AHAs, allowing it to deeply penetrate the skin. It gently removes dead skin cells, quickly exfoliating the skin and leaving you with a more even toned, smoother and brighter complexion.

The deep skin penetration of glycolic acid also enables other ingredients ,as well as products applied afterwards ,to penetrate deeper into skin, helping them to be more effective and their results more visible.

Recovery times will vary based on the type and strength of the peel. Immediately after the peel, your skin will feel tight and may be red. Any visible peeling will be light and fluffy and easily controlled with moisturizer. Peeling usually lasts 3-5 days, depending on the actual peel treatment. Use of gentle cleanser, moisturizer and sunscreen is important, as it will enhance the healing process and results. Normal activity may be resumed after the peel, however strenuous exercise and heavy sweating should be avoided for 2-3 days. Sun exposure should be avoided while skin is peeling; exposure of treated skin to a lot of heat should also be avoided as it may induce swelling, redness and for deeper peels blisters under the skin. Peeling skin should be allowed to slough off naturally; picking or peeling of flaking skin is prohibited, as it may lead to scarring. Use of prescription topicals should be avoided for 3-5 days post peel.

Peeling will generally start 48-72 hours after your treatment and can last 2-5 days. It is very important not to pick off peeling skin; peeling is minimal and easily controlled with moisturizer. Premature peeling of the skin will result in dry, cracked, raw skin that may develop into hyperpigmentation.

Depending on the formula used, you may have some discomfort while it is actively treating your skin. If you have a lighter peel, you will probably feel some stinging, but it goes away quickly with a handheld fan. Medium and deep peels are good for deeper damage and offer results that last a long time, but they are typically more uncomfortable. Topical anesthetics, medications, and ointments can be applied to minimize your discomfort during the treatment. A member of our team will give you tips on skin care after your chemical peel to extend your results.


  • Depending on a variety of internal and external factors, including skin type, age, weather, lifestyle, and hormones, the peeling process can take an average of 7 to 10 days, or even longer.  As the dead surface skin cells are removed by your therapy, you may experience mild redness, irritation, and flaking of the skin.  Every therapy is unique.  Because the skin on your face and scalp is different from that on your chest, back, arms, and legs, other parts of your body will react differently.  In some regions, the healing process could take longer.
  • A few days following this treatment, your skin can seem uneven, rough, and darker.  This is to be expected and is typical; it will work itself out.  Peeling can start anywhere, but it commonly starts around the lips and nose.  Peeling usually starts on the third or fourth day following therapy.  It’s also feasible to peel absolutely nothing.  Even if this happens, the treatment will still be beneficial to you because the skin has microscopically exfoliated.
  • A sunburn or windburn-like dryness of the skin, mild to severe redness, transient tightness, itching, edema, and swelling are possible adverse effects.  Usually, this goes away in two to three days.  If the skin is irritated or inflamed, a prescription for hydrocortisone or an over-the-counter version of the drug (Vanicream HCⓇ) may be advised.
  • If you experience any burning or irritation after your treatment, you can GENTLY apply a cold compress to the area(s) that have been treated.
  • For four weeks following treatment, take careful not to apply excessive heat, avoid tanning beds, and expose the treated region to direct sunlight of any type.
  • Exercise that requires a lot of effort should be avoided for two to three days following treatment as this might worsen the inflammation and make your skin very red.
  • Because perspiration cannot pass through the top layer of dead skin, excessive sweating after treatment might irritate the skin or result in blisters.  To prevent premature skin lifting that may result in scarring, try to hold off on perspiring until after you have completed peeling.
  • For two weeks following your chemical peel, or longer if you notice your skin becomes sensitive to application, DO NOT use any acidic products, such as retinoids or tretinoins, acne medication products, such as Retin-A, Tazorac, Renova, Atralin, Ziana, Veltin, Differin, the antibiotic Doxycycline, AHAs (lactic, glycolic, tartaric, etc.), BHAs (salicylic), benzoyl peroxide, vitamin C products, lightening agents, like hydroquinone, or any exfoliative products, such as loofahs or coarse sponges, on your skin for two weeks after your chemical peel.  Your photosensitivity is increased by these drugs and products, which can greatly raise the risk of problems.
  • For four weeks following your treatment, avoid plucking, picking, rubbing, exfoliating, waxing, using a depilatory, having electrolysis, and scheduling facials or cosmetic procedures like IPL or laser resurfacing on the treated area(s).  You don’t want to remove the dry, tough, dead skin quicker than your body needs to in order to lessen the chance of scarring.
  • If your treatment involved the face or neck, wait a week after you have stopped peeling before getting your hair colored.  The optimal time for most people to get their hair color treated is the third week after a peel.
  • This process may cause cold sores to appear.  Please contact the office to find out about getting a prescription if you get an outbreak following your treatment.  Kindly request to talk with Alli, the esthetician.

How to Care for your Skin Post-Peel

  • Wash gently for five to seven days, your skin can be sensitive.  Use just your fingertips to cleanse your skin with COOL water (hot water can irritate it); avoid using washcloths, loofahs, buff puffs, sponges, Clarisonic, etc. 
  • Regular moisturizing will prevent pain from letting the skin dry out.  To aid in the healing of your skin, we advise using moisturizer. Use a non-comedogenic moisturizer as soon as your skin starts to peel until it returns to its usual state.  By retaining moisture and lowering the risk of bacterial infection, redness, and irritation, this will accelerate the healing process.  Use such items as required or many times a day.  Hydrocortisone topical may be advised based on your individual requirements.
  • Keep your skin protected from heat and sunlight may irritate skin.  Recall to stay away from self-tanners, tanning beds, and high heat on the treated region for four weeks following treatment. You should also avoid direct sunlight exposure of any form.  Wear a broad-brimmed hat, sunglasses, a physical sunscreen that contains zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, an umbrella, or both if you must be outside.  Depending on your unique needs, additional sunscreen products could be suggested.


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