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“Dear Dr. Weaver,

Thank you very much for everything that you have done to enhance my outside beauty. When I first stepped foot into your office, I knew that my dream of having clearer skin would then become more than just a dream. It would now be a reality. Without you, Dr. Weaver, I would not have the confidence that I now possess and could not have made it as far in my career path as I have. I can truly and sincerely say you are my “Facial Angel”. At the age of 15, I had a low self esteem and never thought that I would ever be in a relationship with anyone who would accept me and “all my acne”. But now at the age of 23, I have someone who loves me for me and is also grateful to you for all that you have and will continue to do for me and us. Thank you, thank you, thank you. You are a God’s Facial/body helper for me and many like me. May God continue to bless you, your family, and your business. Thank you so much”

Alpha-Hydroxy Acid

What is alpha hydroxy acid?

This is a group of naturally occurring mild acids, which are found in food products. They include lactic acid (milk derivative), citric acid (citrus fruit derivative), and glycolic acid (sugar cane derivative). Alpha hydroxy acids, particularly glycolic acid, can be used to improve or maintain the skin. This is a versatile product, as the results of treatment depend on the acid concentration, other ingredients in the formula, and the way it is used.

Daily skin care

Commercially available skin care products often contain low concentration glycolic acid, usually about five to ten percent. At these concentrations, it acts on the top layer of skin, promoting exfoliation by discouraging the adhesion of skin cells. These products may be used alone, or as part of a comprehensive therapeutic regimen for managing skin conditions such as melasma, acne, wrinkles, or photo damage. It is important that you take care to avoid irritation, which can exacerbate pigmentary problems such as melasma.

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Recently, some manufacturers have begun including amino acids in their glycolic acid formulas, causing a time-release action, which reduces irritation without diminishing the effectiveness of the product. Incorporating allantoin or a similar anti-irritant into your skin care regimen may also be helpful. Glycolic acid in concentrations below ten percent is safe for daily use in most situations. However, individuals with extremely sensitive skin may find these products too harsh. It is advisable to ask your dermatologist before trying new products or altering you skin care regimen.

Skin peels

Formulas containing high concentrations of glycolic acid (35 to 70 percent) are used under a physician’s supervision for chemical peels. The solution is applied to the skin, and allowed to set for three to eight minutes. Glycolic acid peels promote slitting between the skin cells, and they are used for the treatment of conditions such as fine wrinkles, melasma, mottled pigmentation, and acne. The effect of the treatment depends on the strength of the formula, and the length of time it remains in contact with your skin. The procedure is customized to your individual needs and unique skin type.

One application of glycolic acid will be beneficial; however, several sessions are usually required to achieve optimal results. Appointments are typically scheduled between two and four weeks apart. It is important to note that, although generally very safe, a glycolic acid peel is a type of chemical peel, and includes similar side effects and risks as other chemical peels.

Glycolic acid combination treatments

Moderate concentrations of glycolic acid, ranging from ten to fifty percent, are beneficial for smoothing the skin, but the results are temporary. However, these formulas are frequently used to prepare skin for other treatments, such as TCA (trichloroacetic acid) peels or higher concentrations of glycolic acid.

Glycolic acid or other chemical peels may be used as part of a multi-phase treatment plan to address all of your cosmetic and medical skin concerns. For anti-aging, Botox and dermal fillers may be used to improve the facial contours and reduce deep wrinkles, while chemical peels or other resurfacing treatments improve the skin tone and texture.

Join our Skin Fit Medical program for treatment packages and special savings. If you have any questions, or you are ready to schedule an appointment, call Dr. W. Dermatology at 281 771-0494. We have two convenient locations, one in Katy, and the other in Houston.