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Get Rid of Acne Scars Using Chemical Peels

Updated on May 30, 2013

Chemical peels are generally known to be the best options in terms of acne scar treatments. In fact, they are becoming more and more popular because of how effective they are at treating acne without any complications.

In a nutshell, chemical peels are able to get rid of the affected skin's topmost layer, so that the fresh and brand new bottom layer becomes exposed in its stead. Before taking chemical peels into consideration as a form of acne treatment, though, it would be highly advisable to ask a trained and experienced cosmetic surgeon for advice in the matter.

How to Pick the Right Chemical Peels for Your Acne Scar

A surgeon can generally help you determine if you would be a good candidate for an acne chemical peel. To do this, he will study your skin color, your skin's oil levels and how bad your acne actually is. It is said that people with acne scars or superficial acne would be the best candidates for this particular kind of treatment.

The mildest kinds of acne peels that you can look into at the moment would be alphahydroxy and betahydroxy acids. These lighter versions of acne chemical peels won't require too much time for recovery, though it is quite normal for those who go through them to experience slight irritation and redness, as well as some crusting that will eventually subside after the body gets used to the treatment. Most of the time, these treatments are done every six weeks.

Is it Safe to Use Chemical Peels ?

Acne chemical peels usually include salicylic acid, which is known to be extremely effective at treating acne. These peels wouldn't be recommended for people who suffer from active or severe acne, though. Pregnant women shouldn't go through them, either.

The stronger kinds of acne chemical peels typically include phenol and trichloroacetic acid treatments to penetrate into the skin's deeper layers. These treatments usually last much longer compared to milder treatments, but the recovery usually takes longer. Stronger peels are sometimes also known to come with greater risks, like increased sunlight sensitivity and other side effects. Because of certain limitations, there are several acne conditions that cannot be effectively treated with this kind of treatment, either.

There is also another kind of chemical peel to treat acne out there: the TCA peel. This peel would be perfect for anybody to use when they are looking for effective acne scar removal. The best part is that TCA peels can also be used to get rid of aging spots, large pores and shallow tattoos. To do this, it basically gets rid of dead skin layers that may result in blocking acne infections and releasing skin impurities. This, in turn, helps the skin heal and give off a much healthier look in the long run.

TCA peels can also help with blood circulation and overall blood flow, thus stimulating the cells in the skin and allowing them to refresh and rejuvenate as time goes by. They also help build up elastic fibers and collagen for stronger skin overall.


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