Acne is a skin condition that is usually attributed to adolescents and young adults who are struggling with the redness, scarring and pigmentation problems that acne creates. However, acne is not only a problem for youth as many adults combat acne on a regular basis as well and are frustrated with having to deal with oily, red patches of skin having tried many methods over many years to be rid of it. There are many over-the-counter ointments and creams intended to treat acne, and many prescribed creams as well, however, many of these tend to exacerbate the problem or leave the skin dry and flaky while trying to relieve acne.
Those who are struggling with acne may want to consider a chemical peel for treating acne with long-term results. Skin showing signs of redness, scarring and pigmentation problems can benefit from a chemical peel to help refresh the skin and rid the surface of dead cells and contaminants that are clogging pores and fostering bacteria growth.
Suffering from acne can be a frustrating and emotional experience which is why treating the skin with a chemical peel is such a beneficial option for solving the acne once and for all.
The chemical peel process begins with microdermabrasion, a gentle technique used to resurface the skin by exfoliating the top layer. This process removes dead skin cells while cleaning the pores and revealing clearer, smoother skin.
The next step is the chemical peel itself in which a solution of salicylic acid and glycolic acid is applied to the skin’s newly cleaned surface to help improve the tone and texture while further removing dead skin cells. This process signals new production of skin cells while encouraging acne scars and redness to heal quickly before pores can become clogged once again.
The last step in the treatment requires exposure to a blue light to further kill the bacteria in the skin’s pores and help to heal inflammatory acne. A red light therapy is used as a follow up to speed up the skin’s natural healing process.
There are some possible side effects associated with a chemical peel including a slight burning sensation during the treatment itself, some flaking of the skin and redness. Though some more serious irritation may occur, it’s a rare side effect and most patients will gladly accept the temporary mild irritation in exchange for clearer, more beautiful skin in the long run.