A glycolic facial, which can also be called a glycolic acid facial, is a type of skin care treatment where a form of alpha hydroxy acid is applied to the skin to remove dirt and oil, smooth lines and wrinkles, and even out skin tone. This is done using glycolic acid, an acid that can be found in the common sugar cane. This facial should only be done by people who are trained professionals.
A glycolic facial cleanser is the mildest form of chemical facial peel on the market today, and it will peel just the topmost layer of skin. People who can benefit from this type of facial peel are those with mild sun damage, light wrinkles and lines, and mild skin tone issues. If the glycolic treatment is added in with a bleaching agent, the facial can also remove some age spots and blotchiness.
A glycolic treatment includes both a pre-procedure routine and a post-procedure routine. Before getting the actual glycolic facial treatment, a person should not use any masks, scrubs, or other exfoliating creams on her face. Use of tretinoin such as Retin-A®, self tanners, facial waxing, or vitamin A compounds should also be avoided for the two days prior to the facial. No one who is taking the prescription drug Accutane®, who has cold sores and fever blisters, or who is sunburned should have a glycolic facial.