Superficial Peel: AHA Peel

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Superficial peels are peels that cause an exclusively epidermal exfoliation.
The chemical substances responsible for this action are alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), the leader of which is glycolic acid. Others are also known such as mandelic acid, lactic acid and salicylic acid.


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The uses of superficial peel are :

– Prevention of skin ageing: superficial peels are the best current prevention method.
– Treating early signs of ageing.
– Treating pigmentation : the start of sun spots.
– Treating acne : this is a very good method for slowing acne and blurring light scars.
– Treating a rough or dull complexion.
– Treating dilated pores.
– Treating greasy skin.

For the maximum of the result it is necessary to realize 3 to 6 sessions (according to the skins) with 15 days of interval. Nevertheless a boost and a small tension of the skin are visible after each session.

AHAs cause exfoliation, thus the elimination of dead superficial cells. They also have an action on the dermis because they stimulate the synthesis of certain dermal components including collagen and elastin.


The skin is prepared using three weeks before the peeling a cream based on glycolic acid.
During the three weeks before the peel, do not carry out mosaics with clay, scrubs or undergo aggressive techniques (type laser hair removal).
Do not use self-tanning agents, additional exfoliating agents (including fruit acid creams), essential oils, or any other cream without medical advice.
The day of the peeling, it is necessary to come without make-up (even the eyes must not be made up), without earrings, without contact lenses, without applying cream on the face the same day.
The men will shave the night before.

For anti-acne peels, you must stop anti-acne treatments one week before the peel: TRETINOINE (Retin A or Renova, vitamin A acid)-PEROXIDES-DIFFERINE (ADAPALENE), TAZORAC or Avage (TAZAROTENE). You must wait for 6 months after stopping ROACCUTANE before starting a peel.
The peeling itself takes place in three stages: firstly, a pre-peel using glycolic acid prepares the skin, then the peel itself is applied (you will feel light stinging) and then, depending on the type of peel the relevant cream is applied. This cream is part of the peel and must not be washed off until the day after.
At the end of the peel the skin is red/ pink and pulls a bit. You can resume your normal activities straight .

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Side effects

Redness will last for several hours. There is no downtime.

Superficial peels can lead to a skin irritation, or pigmentation problems if exposed to the sun.


The contraindications are :
– Skin infection or herpes lesion.
– Contact skin allergy.
– Take acne treatment.


My skin has changed, the tone has unified and is more luminous thanks to 4 peeling sessions done by Doctor Romano. Thank you Doctor for your explanations and your attentionate cate.


My skin was oily, thick with dilated pores. The peeling enhanced it considerably and my tone has become more uniform. Thanks Doctor Romano


I thank Doctor Romano who took the time to explain what my skin needed to become radiant again! I adore her approach. My skin is much too beautiful thanks to her treatments.


I had the occasion to benefit from a peeling that was very efficient. I needed to enhance the quality of the skin on my face and to get rid of certain imperfections! My skin much more beautiful! Thank you Doctor Romano


Written by Valeria Romano

Former intern at the Hospitals of Paris Graduate of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Paris 7 – Paris Diderot Registered with the medical board of Paris, n° 75/80452 More informations

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