Acne occurs when hair follicles become plugged with oil and dead skin cells, causing inflammation. Acne typically appears on the face, neck, chest, back and shoulders. Acne can be unsightly and uncomfortable, it can negatively affect a person’s self-esteem. When topical acne medications do not provide satisfactory results, a clearer, healthy-looking complexion may be achieved with a chemical facial peel for acne or acne scars. An acne chemical peel is performed by applying a chemical solution to the skin. The solution causes the skin to blister and peel over a period of several days. As the treated skin comes off, fresh new skin replaces it. This exfoliation caused by the acne skin peel eliminates or reduces the appearance of acne blemishes and scars. Acne chemical peel treatments provide benefits in addition to acne treatment by improving the skin’s pigmentation and make the skin smoother.
The best candidates for acne facial peel treatments are people with superficial acne or acne scars. Individuals with severe or very active acne may not be good candidates for acne chemical peels. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding are not good candidates for a chemical peel to treat acne. Light skinned patients tend to be better candidates for chemical peels. Some people with darker skin experience skin lightening which can be permanent.
Most people experience a sun burnt look with obvious peeling of the skin in the days after their first peel. This redness and peeling tends to be less pronounced with each consecutive peel. The number of treatments needed is dependent on the individual patient’s skin and the severity of their acne.
A facial peel for acne should only be administered by a medical professional, specifically a cosmetic surgeon or dermatologist. Dermatologist Dr. Holy offers revitalizing facial peels for acne in Phoenix. Contact The Center for Advanced Cosmetology at 602-867-7546 or mddermsolutions.com for more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Holy.