Our skin is constantly shedding old cells and replacing them with newly created cells. Amazingly enough, our skin fully replaces itself every 27 days. It’s true; we’re literally leaving a trail of shedding skin cells everywhere we go. Now you know how bloodhounds track escaped prisoners.
The process, of course, is exfoliation. And the body naturally conducts this continuous turnover in a microscopic fashion. You never know anything’s going on as your skin constantly renews itself.
Dr. Kronberg likes to simply give the process a little boost through glycolic peels. Sometimes known as superficial or light peels, glycolic chemical peels are excellent for improving the skin without any downtime or risk.
What is a glycolic acid peel?
In any chemical peel, the idea is to apply a peeling agent — in this case, glycolic acid — to the skin for a prescribed period of time. The peeling agent loosens some of the bonds in the skin, and the body then sloughs off these old, dead, damaged skin cells.
In a glycolic peel, the peeling agent is glycolic acid. Glycolic acid comes from natural sources: sugar cane, unripe grapes, and sugar beets. It is a mild, yet very effective, peeling agent.
For our glycolic peels, we use a non-buffered 50% concentration (0.9 pH), medical strength glycolic acid to quickly, gently, and microscopically exfoliate the skin.
What skin issues do glycolic acid peels improve?
These peels are gentle but very effective for eliminating or improving these skin problems:
- Uneven skin tone
- Mottled pigmentation
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Acne scarring
How does my skin benefit from a glycolic acid peel?
In addition to exfoliating your skin and improving the skin problems listed above, a series of glycolic peels will totally transform the appearance, tone, and texture of your skin. They give your skin a nice glow and new vibrancy. This is the younger skin showing through now that the dead surface skin cells have been shed. Plus, after these peels at Dr. Kronberg’s the skincare products you use at home will be able to better penetrate the skin, making them more effective.
How does a glycolic acid peel work?
Glycolic peels slough off the surface and middle layers of skin, removing dead skin cells and debris. Since glycolic acid is made up of small molecules, it readily penetrates the skin, removing the lipids that hold dead skin cells together. Our peels using a 50% concentration of glycolic acid penetrate more deeply than home options, which usually contain around 10% concentration.
In addition to exfoliation, glycolic acid also loosens and lifts excess oil from the sebaceous glands in the hair follicles. That’s why it is effective for improving acne breakouts.
It is also thought to suppress the production of melanin, which could be the reason it improves that unwanted age and sunspots.
How long does a glycolic acid peel take?
These peels take about 30 minutes in our beautiful Beechnut Street offices.
How is a glycolic acid peel done?
We first thoroughly cleanse your skin. Then we apply the solution containing the 50% glycolic acid concentration. Your skin will begin to whiten. We leave the solution on your skin for the allotted time and it is then removed, and your skin is washed. We apply moisturizer and you’re done. There isn’t any recovery or downtime.
How often can you have a glycolic acid peel?
Unlike more aggressive peels, glycolic peels can be done on a regular, monthly basis. We have many patients who come in every month to keep their skin constantly renewing itself and looking vibrant and bright.
What’s the problem with deeper chemical peels?
Dr. Kronberg only believes in light/glycolic chemical peels. She feels a series of these peels achieve the same results, but it does so without the risks and downtime of trichloroacetic medium peels and phenol acid deep peels. This includes Jessner Solutions you have probably heard of. There are significant risks involved with these more aggressive peels: scarring, keloid scar formation, hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation, permanent allergies, and even infection.
Plus, medium and deep peels involve real downtime. Deep phenol peels can require months to fully recover, as your skin heavily crusts and is incredibly sensitive to sun exposure. Medium peels will cause your skin to crust over and this takes a couple of weeks to resolve itself.
That’s why Dr. Kronberg believes it’s better to work microscopically with a series of glycolic peels. That’s how the skin’s natural exfoliation process works; we just give it a boost.
How many glycolic acid peels should I have in a series to change my skin condition?
If you haven’t had a glycolic peel, it’s best to start with a series to change your skin for the better. As mentioned above, there isn’t a limit to how many you can have, basically once a month. To start, many patients opt to have a series of six peels, but that is completely up to you and your skincare goals.
Are glycolic peels safe for all skin types?
Because glycolic acid is gentle, and because we carefully monitor the application and duration (unlike home peels), these are safe for all skin tones and types. This is not true with medium and deep peels, as they are not recommended for people with darker skin tones due to hyperpigmentation problems.
Are glycolic acid peels painful?
If this is your first peel, you may feel some slight tingling when we apply the glycolic acid solution. It’s not painful. After one or two peels, this sensation usually passes moving forward.
Are there side effects with glycolic peels?
There aren’t any side effects with these gentle peels. Your skin will likely be somewhat red afterward as if you have a mild sunburn. This passes within a few hours. You’ll have some light flaking over the next few days as your skin sloughs off the dead cells. That’s about it. There is no recovery or downtime.
“I love my anesthetic, Candice! She has golden hands and I see how my skin is transforming thanks to her! A very sweet person with great aura. Definitely try her if you want to see Esta Kornberg .” – Claire E.
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If you’re interested in learning more about glycolic acid peels please contact us for a consultation at (713) 771-8941 or fill out our contact us form to the right of this page. We will discuss your needs and concerns, and determine your best course of action.