Patients who have suffered from acne might have scarring that stays after the last pimple has faded. People have been taught scars are permanent, but that just isn’t true anymore thanks to chemical peels. This dermatological procedure is effective at reducing and even eliminating the appearance of acne scars.
What is a Chemical Peel?
To understand how chemical peels help with acne scars, patients need to understand how the peel works. A chemical solution is applied to the face and is left to soak in. Over the next five days to two weeks, the outer layers of skin will peel away. How long the peeling lasts depends on how deeply the peel penetrated the skin. The old skin is slowly removed so new, healthy skin is able to form.
The Types of Chemical Peels
There are three types of chemical peels, and each kind is used for different aesthetic reasons. Typically, a superficial peel is the one used to treat acne scarring.
A superficial peel is the mildest chemical peel and contains a diluted acid (typically glycolic acid) or dry ice. Superficial peels are usually all that are needed to improve acne scars, but they’re also used to reduce pigment changes, minimize the appearance of sun damage, and improve fine wrinkles.
Since the superficial peels are so mild, patients can return to their normal activities immediately after their office visit, but they will need to use caution in regards to their sun exposure.
Since a superficial peel only targets the very top layers of skin, multiple peels are needed before the acne scars start to fade. How many peels are needed depends on the severity of the scarring and the patient’s skin type.
Chemical Peels for Acne Scars
The specific brands of peels are always changing, but their ingredients stay relatively the same. Blue peels are specifically made for acne scarring. Glycolic is the most commonly used superficial peel, and it’s lauded as the safest. Phenol peels aren’t very effective in treating acne scars and are typically used to minimize the signs of aging.
The effectiveness of each kind of peel will depend on the patient’s skin, the severity of the scarring, and their skin care regimen.
Patients longing for smoother skin that’s free from scarring may need to consider a chemical peel. Contact Dermatology Associates today to schedule your consultation. We welcome the opportunity to discuss your needs and customize a treatment plan.