If you suffer from Acne, you’re probably constantly looking for new methods to alleviate it. You may feel like you’ve tried everything but can’t seem to improve the appearance of persistent trouble spots. One treatment you may not have considered is a chemical peel.
What are Chemical Peels?
Chemical peels are a non-surgical, non-invasive method to replenish and revitalize the skin by stimulating the growth of acne-free layers of skin while getting rid of clogged skin cells and other cellular debris that can contribute to breakouts.
It works through the application of an acid that chemically exfoliates and lifts the top-most layers of the skin. This exfoliation stimulates skin cells to reproduce more rapidly, increasing the rate of skin turnover and preventing the pores of the new layers of skin from becoming clogged.
Can a Chemical Peel Really Help Improve My Acne?
The short answer is yes. Chemical peels not only help lessen the appearance of active Acne; they can also make existing Acne scars less noticeable. Studies have shown a 45-50 percent reduction in Acne lesions after patients receive 4-6 sessions of chemical peels. Most participants in this study reported “good” results.
While results are usually seen only a few days after treatment, they usually subside after one or two months, making repeated sessions necessary.
What Should I Expect from Treatment?
Prior to treatment, most patients receive a skin cleansing procedure. Depending on the depth of the chemical peel, a mild anesthesia may be administered.
Once these prep procedures are completed, the chemical solution is applied to the patient’s skin. Once the chemical is applied and neutralized, the skin begins a process of peeling that takes place over a matter of days or weeks depending on the strength of the peel.
Following treatment, make sure to take the following precautions to ensure the best results:
- Use moisturizing products regularly to keep skin from drying out.
- Avoid rubbing or scratching the treated area, as this can cause infection.
- Do not receive indoor tanning treatments unless approved by your doctor.
- Use sunscreen products regularly to keep skin from becoming burnt or dried out.
Side effects from the treatment are usually mild and subside once the peeling process does. These include redness and a temporary darkening or lightening of the skin.
Contact Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hudgens and find out how a chemical peel can help improve the appearance of your skin and reduce your Acne. We look forward to hearing from you!