Lots of things seem to get slower as we age. Our collagen production slows and our skin sags because of it. Our metabolism slows and we gain weight easier. Our movement slows from a healthy gait to an eventual shuffle.
Even our skin cells don’t shed themselves with the same frequency as they did when we were young. This buildup makes the skin wrinkled, blotchy, and can make it appear somewhat drab. A glycolic acid chemical peel at Dr. Kronberg’s can force some of those skin cells to shed again, rejuvenating the skin more quickly, as it did in your younger days.
The goal is to remove the top layers of the skin, exposing unlined, new skin beneath. At Dr. Kronberg’s, we only offer glycolic peels, which are lighter peels. We feel these lighter peels deliver the same desired exfoliation, but they do it in a much gentler progression. That’s how your skin naturally exfoliates; Dr. Kronberg simply gives it a boost with our glycolic acid peels.
What can be addressed with chemical peels?
- Reduce and diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- Improve skin tone
- Decrease discoloration
- Reduce the appearance of dark areas from pregnancy or birth control pills
- Treat certain forms of acne
- Improve the appearance of minor scars
- Decrease the prominence of sun spots and other sun damage
How do we do chemical peels at Dr. Kronberg’s?
The concept behind a chemical peel is to apply a chemical to the skin (usually the face) and then allow that chemical to penetrate the layers of the skin, causing the skin’s bonds to break down on the outer layer. This creates peeling in a few days.
At your appointment, your skin is first thoroughly cleaned, and your eyes and hair are protected. We then apply the glycolic acid solution to your treatment areas. The solution and its duration on your skin are dependent on the patient’s individual skin conditions.
We us a non-buffered 50% concentration, 0.9 pH, medical-strength glycolic acid to quickly, gently, and microscopically exfoliate the skin. Glycolic acid is a derivative of sugarcane.
Why not more aggressive peels?
Dr. Kronberg feels that medium and deep peels involve more risk than she thinks is a good idea for her patients. TCA, Jessner Solutions, and deep phenol peels all carry significant downtime and risk. The risk involves scarring, keloid formation, hypo and hyperpigmentation, development of allergies, and infection. Glycolic peels are much gentler and don’t involve those types of risks.
Interesting in helping your exfoliation along just a bit? Call Dr. Kronberg at (713) 771-8941 to schedule a glycolic peel.