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The Glycolic Peel

You’ve got your at home skin routine down - cleansing, exfoliating, using sunscreen - but you are realizing you need just a little more to really get the glow you are looking for.

While our day to day skin routines keep us healthy, visiting your local spa to receive a facial peel will achieve the fresh, youthful skin that makes us all feel amazing.


What are facial peels?

So, what exactly is a facial peel?

A facial peel is a skin-smoothing procedure in which an exfoliating chemical is used to remove the top layer of the skin. The removal of this top layer improves the skin texture, tone, and overall appearance. How deeply the chemical penetrates the skin determines what category the peel belongs in.

What are the different types of peels?

There are three different categories of chemical peels:

1. Superficial Chemical Peels

Superficial chemical peels only remove the uppermost layer of the skin, the epidermis. These can be used to unclog pores, treat mild acne, improve the signs of wrinkles, reduce hyperpigmentation, and improve the hydration of your skin.

These peels can use alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) such as lactic and glycolic acids and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) like salicylic acid. They can be repeated every 2 - 5 weeks.

2. Medium Depth Chemical Peels

Medium depth chemical peels penetrate both the epidermis and part of the next layer, the dermis. Because of the depth of these peels, they should only be performed by a professional.

These peels are used to treat more pronounced wrinkles, scarring, and skin tones using trichloroacetic acid (TCA) and can be repeated every 3 to 9 months.

3. Deep Chemical Peels

Deep chemical peels penetrate to the mid to lower layers of the dermis and are used to treat wrinkles and scarring. These peels use carbolic acid, also known as phenol, and can be repeated, but not as often as the previously mentioned peels.

If you’ve never had a chemical peel before, the best place to start is with a superficial peel! So, let’s talk about glycolic peels and how they can help you reach your skin goals.

What is a glycolic peel?

Glycolic acid is the most common alpha hydroxy acid peel because it is safe, effective, and non-toxic. It can be used with different concentrations and can visibly reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines while increasing hydration and improving overall skin tone.

This chemical peel can be done in office and only takes about 30 minutes, from start to finish. There is little to no down time and leaves your skin with a soft, dewy glow.

Who are glycolic peels good for?

Glycolic peels are a great option for people who:

  • Are interested in evening out their skin tone

  • Want to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

  • Need additional hydration to their skin

  • Are looking to freshen their skin for an upcoming event

  • Aren’t quite ready for a chemical peel that requires downtime

How much does a glycolic peel cost?

Glycolic peels can range from $30 - $160. These costs will depend on the concentration of the peel you are receiving and who is performing the facial.

At Luxe Vitality, our glycolic peels are performed by our nurse practitioner, board certified in dermatology, with the concentration determined by a client’s skin tone and goals. The cost of our glycolic peel is $75.


If you are ready to venture into the world of chemical peels to level up your skin’s appearance, a glycolic peel is a great place to start.

Reach out to us at Luxe Vitality today to set up a free skin consultation and schedule your peel!

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