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Are Chemical Peels Effective for Acne Scars?

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It’s fairly easy to get rid of acne. You get some acne medication from the pharmacy, drink plenty of water and pretty soon, the acne goes away.

But when you think of the scars, it’s a different story altogether.

What Causes Acne Scars?

These marks on your skin are caused when the acne lesions (hair follicles that become clogged with dead skin cells and oil) develop into bumps and damage the layers of our skin. The result is scars, even when you have a healthy complexion.

Treatments for Acne Scars

Even with so many options out there, one of the best choices so far has been a chemical peel. Chemical peels mainly function by removing scarred skin cells. This allows your skin to create healthier cells, which take the place of those scarred cells.

Now, getting a chemical peel might sound intimidating at first. After all, you’re removing small portions of your dermal layers. However, the results far outweigh any effects you might feel from getting a chemical peel treatment. Keep in mind that the most you’ll feel from your treatment is a slight stinging and temporary redness.

Types of Chemical Peels

Let’s discuss the best options:

– Phenol Peel

This is one of the deepest chemical peels available i.e. it’ll reach the deeper layers of your skin. According to basic research, this peel can be used if you have atrophic acne scars, which are scars that look like dents and are mostly common amongst adolescents. This is a good choice if you’ve had major damage from your acne scars. However, do your research on the effects and after-care to prevent an infection.

– Trichloroacetic Acid Peel

Better than a superficial peel, the trichloroacetic acid peel penetrates is your best choice if you’re looking to reduce the more subtle marks of acne on your skin. Typically used to improve your appearance if you have fine lines, pigmentation and blemishes, this peel is a good option if you have darker skin and acne scars, since it does not include pigmentation irregularities.

– Glycolic Acid Peel

This is a superficial peel, which means that it only affects the outer layers of your skin, and doesn’t penetrate the epidermal layers. Best for those who have minor acne scars or redness from acne scarring, the glycolic acid peels functions by penetrating the skin’s pores and activating the release of the dead skin cells, which results in an improved appearance.

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Still Confused?

Head over to Reflection Medical Spa in Cincinnati, OH. As professionals in all things related to skin care, including skin rejuvenation, we have the expertise you need to make the right decision for your acne scars.

Make an appointment by calling us at 513-671-2411.

August 3, 2018

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