What are Alpha Hydroxy-Acid (Glycolic-Acid) Peels
Alpha Hydroxy-Acids (AHAs) are a group of naturally occurring-acids which are derived from certain plants and fruits. The most commonly used form of AHA is glycolic-acid, which comes from the sugar cane. It is the only AHA which is able to penetrate through the cell walls by virtue of its small molecular size. Once inside the cell, it will trigger new formation of collagen and turn on the synthesis of dermal glycosaminoglycans to plump up the cell and the ground substances in the skin to reduce wrinkles on the skins surface. Their use amongst dermatologist and plastic surgeons is well known and on the rise.
Recent studies have demonstrated that AHA products can be used in specific skin care programs to combat:
AHAs work by stimulating new growth of skin and collagen by decreasing the bond that holds dead skin cells on the surface. This allows dead cells to be removed gradually, leaving behind a layer of smoother and softer skin. AHAs also help to unclog pores and thus decreasing the tendency for acne to develop! During an AHA peel, a solution of glycolic-acid is applied to your skin for a brief period of time, and then washed away. This solution causes several of the top skin layers to dry up and peel off gradually over a period of several days. When the older layers have peeled off, they expose a new layer of undamaged skin!
Where can I obtain Glycolic-Acid for home use?
S&P; Prescription Compounding Services is a state-of-the-art licensed compounding pharmacy. Compounding allows a practitioner to prescribe and a pharmacist to prepare a customized medication or to place an available medication in a different dosage form to meet a specific patient need and improve compliance. Glycolic-acid products are available as creams, gels and solutions and DO NOT ALL require a prescription. Since we are a compounding pharmacy, our products are made fresh upon order and our pricing is very competitive. Our Glycolic-Acid cream is available in 5% ($10), 10% ($15), 15%[Rx]($20), 20%[Rx]($25) & 30%[Rx]($35), available in 2 ounces size. We will supply physicians with higher strength for professional skin peels by prescription only.
Our compounding pharmacists have received extensive additional training in compounding techniques. We have a support network that generates a constant exchange of ideas, innovations and techniques, and includes physicians, chemists and pharmacists who can research the feasibility of new formulations.
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