During a chemical peel, your skin is first cleaned thoroughly. Next, a moderate glycolic acid solution is applied using a cotton ball or sponge. The acid will quickly burn the top layers of skin, similar to the effects of sunburn. After about 10 minutes (sometimes longer for deeper treatments), next, a neutralizer is used to wash the chemical solution off your skin, removing old layers. For superficial treatments, the process is generally painless, although you will likely experience dry or tight skin for a few days however your skin will look healthier and smoother than before. Generally, 3-4 treatments are recommended for the best results.