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“When I came to see Dr. Grodberg, I knew that my oily skin needed something, but I didn’t know what. I wanted a treatment that would even out my texture and unclog my visible pores without down time. She suggested a series of superficial salicylic acid peels. They did the trick. In only three months, my skin looks finer, brighter and clearer. Thank you, Dr. Grodberg.”—GK, Franklin Lakes

Ask Dr. Goldberg

“Peels consist of a chemical solution applied to the skin to remove discolored or aged and/or irregular outer layers. The biggest difference between the assorted peeling procedures is the depth of the peel, whether superficial, medium or deep. Superficial peels have little recovery time, while medium and deep peels usually require a modest healing period.” —Dr. Michele Grodberg


“Superficial peels remove the top layer of dead skin cells from the surface of the skin. As a result, the skin appears healthier and more youthful, the skin texture becomes more refined, skin tone evens out and fine lines and wrinkles become less apparent.”

Peeling agents work in different ways to exfoliate the skin. Glycolic acid dissolves the glue that holds the skin cells together on the surface, while salicylic acid is also able to penetrate skin follicles. This makes certain glycolic acid peels more suitable for sensitive skin while salicylic acid peels are very helpful in the treatment of acne and clogged pores. Some peels, like the Perfect 10 Peel, combine a variety of peeling agents including a Retinol Step to leave your skin brightened and revitalized."

“Superficial peels are designed to have little down time. Most patients report their skin feels smoother and tighter immediately after treatment. Although skin may redden, this usually fades in a few hours. Some patients may experience skin flaking in the few days following the treatment. The degree of peeling can vary from invisible to mild, to noticeable peeling and flaking. It is not necessary to see skin flaking for the peel to be effective.”

“Frequency depends on your skin type and goals. Typically, a series of 4 to 6 peels spaced 2 to 4 weeks apart is ideal for producing maximum results, followed by a maintenance peel every 4 to 6 weeks. If peels are being used for treatment of pigmentation or acne, I may suggest a more frequent and/or sustained protocol.”

MGMD® Maintenance and Care Regimen

Dr. Grodberg emphasizes post-procedure care and develops and reviews with each patient a customized post-procedure protocol.

Dr. Grodberg brings her extensive experience and deep physicians’s knowledge to follow-up care and has designed standard guidelines as a starting point for most common procedures. See our Pre & Post Chemical Peels Guidelines form to get a general idea of her suggestions.

See below for Dr. Grodberg’s recommendations of products commonly used by patients who get Chemical Peels. Click on any product to find out more.  Our popular Alastin Procedure Enhancement Kit contains many products to aid in the recovery after Chemical Peels at a significant savings.

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