Thrive Med Spa with offices in Chicago provides top rated Glycolic Peels throughout the Chicagoland area from the downtown Loop to Glycolic Peels for the Gold Coast, River North and Evanston areas.

What are Glycolic Chemical Peels

Glycolic peels are all natural (derived from sugar cane) and are in the lightest category of chemical peels. Known as a “lunchtime procedure,” due to their short duration and rapid recovery time, glycolic chemical peels can be used to remove superficial wrinkles and dry patches of skin, as well as to treat sun damage and acne scars. Recent research has also indicated that glycolic peels can help patients with acne and rosacea, making the skin more responsive to laser treatments and home care products. The procedure may need to be repeated several times in order to achieve the best possible results.

How does a chemical peel work?

Glycolic acid targets, loosens and dissolves the strateum corneum and corneocytes leaving the skin with a smooth, moist, refined, and vibrant appearance. The strateum corneum is a glue-like substance that holds the outer layer of our cells together; it is the build-up of the strateum corneum that is responsible for the skin’s rough, dry, scaly appearance and brown age or sun spots. Corneocytes are dead skin cells that block follicles in the skin and cause acne. Once the follicles are clear the glycolic acid works to keep them clear and prevent acne from reoccurring.

How often is the treatment recommended?

Depending on the condition of the skin, chemical peels can be done as a maintenance treatment to freshen up the skin every 4-8 weeks. If your skin has been neglected, it is recommended to start a series of 4-6 treatments to be performed every 2 weeks.

What is the difference between microdermabrasion and a chemical peel? Which is the best for me?

A chemical peel is a chemical(liquid) method of exfoliating the skin and microdermabrasion is a mechanical method. After a thorough skin analysis our medical esthetician will recommend the best choice for your skin type.

Can it be combined with other treatments?

For a more aggressive treatment, a chemical peel can be combined with microdermabrasion. This is recommended for combination to oily skin types. Our medical estheticians will let you know if you are a candidate.

What are the contraindications?

You should not have a chemical peel if you have used Accutane in the last year, are on blood thinners, used Retin-A in the last 48 hours, or recently waxed.

How should I prepare for the treatment?

No Retin-A or harsh exfoliators 48 hours prior to your treatment.

What should I expect after the treatment?

Immediately following you treatment you will be glowing! Individuals with sensitive skin may experience slight redness. It will look like you just got a little sun. You can return your normal routine with no down time.


There is no downtime associated with a glycolic peel. Some dryness, flakiness, and redness should be expected, as the top layer of skin falls away to reveal the smoother, healthier skin beneath.


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