Expert's Opinion

All About Peels

By Dennis Gross M.D. | January 30, 2010

Dr. Dennis Gross shares the benefits of this classic facial treatment.

The word “peel” is actually a misnomer. In reality, a peel is a two-step process with no actual peeling involved. The first step is to swab a mixture of exfoliating acids on skin to remove the dead cells and other skin-dulling debris. The second step is to apply a liquid base that neutralizes the acids and conditions the skin. In addition to stimulating collagen production, which will soften lines and wrinkles, firm skin and even our skin tone, repetitive peels can also help to reduce pore size, fade discolorations, improve rosacea as well as treat and prevent acne.

Peels are available in three depths: light, medium and deep. While medium/dark peels produce more collagen than light peels, medium/deep peels are actually controlled injuries to your skin that stimulate collagen production in much the same way that a deep cut or burn promotes scar tissue as part of the healing process.

Light peels are the least invasive and cause virtually no redness or irritation.They can be performed on a regular basis and have very similar benefits to medium/deep peels, without the potential side effects. The safest and most effective light peels contain a variety of acids so that each one can be used in lower and less irritating concentrations. I formulated the MD Skincare Alpha Beta Peel (now known as Dr. Dennis Gross Skin Care) about 10 years ago because I was determined to improve upon the harsh and ineffective glycolic peels of the 90’s. I wanted to offer something more gentle and effective to my patients.It is a one-of-a kind, patented system which yields immediate results, yet is gentle enough for everyday use.

I’ve seen hundreds of patients who have been thrilled with the results of monthly in-office peels and using at-home peels on a daily basis. These women have shaved off years from their appearance. With consistent use, they will maintain their youthful complexions far longer than they would have otherwise – even if they never take more aggressive measures.

About the Author
Dennis Gross, M.D., is a practicing dermatologist and board certified dermatological surgeon in New York City. He received his dermatologic training at New York University Medical Center, earning a medical degree with research distinctions. Dr. Gross has trained, taught and performed research at world-renowned institutes such as Memorial Sloan Kettering and Rockefeller University, published numerous scientific reports on skin cancer and was actively involved in pioneering research on Interferon and Cancer Immunology. He serves for the Skin Cancer Foundation and is a current fellow and active member of the American Academy of Dermatology, New York Dermatological Society, the Society for Dermatological Surgery and Oncology and The American Cancer Society.

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