Do Chemical Peels Really Treat Acne?
Acids in a chemical peel exfoliate dead skin cells and rejuvenate the skin to trigger the growth of new cells. The acid concentration can vary, depending on how intense of a treatment you need. Usually, you need multiple applications over several weeks to achieve the desired results.
There’s a lot of talk about how chemical peels treat acne and acne scars. If you’re desperate for a solution to your blemish problem, is it worth it to consider a chemical peel?
Acne is caused by many different overlapping factors. It’s essential that you learn to treat and control those aspects to limit an active acne infection. Additionally, chemical peels can be harsh on already irritated skin. So it’s often best to treat active acne with other methods and use peels to get rid of the scars.
Chemical peels can be effective in reducing both scars and acne if applied at the right concentration.
A Word of Caution About Chemical Peels
Chemical peels should be used cautiously on dark complexions. High levels of acid can cause unintentional scarring in darker skin tones. Anyone who has a chemical peel needs to pay extra attention to sun protection after treatment.
Keep in mind that having your chemical peel administered by an experienced professional lowers the risk of side-effects.
The Bottom Line
Chemical peels are effective in exfoliating layers of dead tissue cells and revealing fresher skin. This makes them ideal for treating acne scars, but they may be too harsh on skin badly affected by active blemishes.
Find out more about chemical peels and whether one is right for you by scheduling a consultation with Beverly Hills cosmetic and reconstructive surgeon, Kami Parsa, MD.
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