A beauty editor with sensitive skin is a liability, but that’s what mother nature gave me! When I am approached with a treatment or products that include the words peel” or “glycolic” I cringe. However, I just tried a Glycolic Acid facial by Glyderm applied by dermatologist Dr. Marnie Nussbaum. I left her office glowing, not glowering!
GlyDerm skincare products are serious skincare, dispensed by doctors who can assess their patient’s skincare needs. The GlyDerm skincare products such as the glycolic peels are available only through medical offices.
However, you can find the Glyderm “at-home” products online at places like (LovelySkin.com, TotalSkincare.com, Dermstore.com and Dermwarehouse.com)
What Strength Are You?
Professional grade esterified glycolic acid peels can enhance almost every skin time bot help smooth and improve skin with mild to moderate damage. The peel can be used on face, décolleté, back, and top of hands.
Your doctor will be the one to decide what strength peel will be the best for your skin and your goals, but 20% is the starting level. ,Strengths are available at 20%, 30%, 40%, 50%, 60% and 70%,
When Dr., Marnie Nussbaum applied the 20% glycolic peel (the lowers) I was worried, and I did feel some tingling. But when she removed the peel from my skin it looked glowing, not red or irritated.
Even though 20% is the lowest level when Dr. Nussbaum applied the 20% glycolic peel I did feel some tingling. But when she removed the peel from my skin it looked glowing, not red or irritated. I was thrilled!
What to Expect:
If you are doing a peel or any facial treatment, it’s wise to arrive without makeup. However, I don’t know a single beauty editor (myself included) who goes outside without makeup.
So the first thing I was asked to do is remove my makeup with Glyderm’s Gentle Face Cleanser, This cleanser has 0.2% glycolid acid, is pH balanced, soap-free. and won’t irritate sensitive skin. This creamy cleanser is definitely a great one that makes you skin feel clean but hydrated.
The one thing it isn’t really designed to do is to remove stubborn, long-wear makeup. My long wear lipstick lingered. It just wouldn’t quit.
However, once my face was clean, the peel took just a matter of minutes.
Dr. Nussbaum explained the peel and cautioned that I might feel some tightness or see redness after the 20% peel. There was no redness at all, and the tingling only occurred during the time that the product was on my face.
Afterward, Dr. Nussbaum sprayed on some Glyderm Gly Mist, a refreshing facial mist.
Glyderm Aftercare Products:
You wouldn’t try a peel like this at home, but you can purchase Glyderm products for at-home use.
Dr. Nussbaum’s recommendation for aftercare with Glyderm products for at-home use included the Gentle Facial Cleanser and Glyderm HydroTone Moisturizer for Normal/dry skin (use this sparingly and let absorb before putting on makeup).
The Hydrotone is a fabulous moisturizer if your skin is dry, but it is very rich, so use it sparingly. It contains safflower seed oil for natural hydration, lemon fruit extract to calm and clarify skin and mineral oil and petrolatum to smoothe and soften.
After a few days dr. Nussbaum said I could switch to the Glyderm Face Lotion 5 with 5% glycolic acid for a gentle exfoliation. This moisturizing product in a pump bottle clarifies skin with lemon fruit extract. It also helps to brighten the appearance of dark spots and help reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles.
Are You A Peel Person?
if you love peels you will love these Glyderm Peels because they’re fast and effective.
You will be happy to know that Glyderm advises up to 6 peels at intervals of 2 weeks apart. The average time that the peel will be on your face is just about 3 minutes.
However, if you have sensitive skin like mine, you may never progress beyond a 20% or 30% peel. No worries! You will still have excellent results.
As you see in the photo with Dr. Nussbam above, my skin looks absolutely clear, smooth, radiant. At 20% I had absolutely no adverse reactions at all, and I was really surprised!
`What I have learned from this experience is that the right products in the right hands can be right for everyone!
However, there are some people who should not enjoy a facial peel. That would include anyone with an active bacterial, viral, fungal or herpetic infection, sun or windburn, or open skin lesions.
This is probably not the best time to do a peel if you have skin issues or have used Accutane®/Isotretinoin use in the past year, are having oncological treatments, are pregnant or breastfeeding or have a compromised immune system.
Ask your doctor if this Glyderm peel is right for you