Acne isn’t just a problem for teens, many adults suffer from acne as well. The scars from teenage acne carry over into your adult life so it can feel like acne never actually goes away. The scarring can be every bit as bad as the acne itself was in your teen years. You can head to the drug store and grab any number of products that are meant to heal acne scars but many are ineffective. Anyone who has had chronic acne and bears the scars would love to get rid of them, but few treatments will do that. Chemical peels are one of these treatments, treating your acne scars with a chemical peel can totally change your skin.
What exactly are chemical peels?
Chemical peels are procedures performed on your skin, most often the face, using alpha or beta hydroxy corrosives (AHA or BHA). They force your skin to exfoliate and peel off leaving you with smoother and softer skin after the treatments are over. While a peel will smooth out your skin tone and help rid you of blemishes there are lots of different chemical peels used for different reasons.
The first type of peel doesn’t go past the top layer of skin and this gives you a gentle exfoliation and makes your skin look smoother and softer. The second type goes a bit deeper and is referred to as the medium peel and it works on the surface and middle layers of your skin, this type of peel is done for anti-aging treatments.
Lastly you have the deep chemical peel and this will get through to the deepest layers of your skin. This type of peel works on several different skin conditions including deep wrinkles, age spots, skin discoloration and because it gets so deep in your skin it is used for acne scars. It will delivers the best results for acne scarred skin compared to any other treatment. This is not a treatment you get at a local day spa, you need to see a qualified plastic surgeon or dermatologist to have a deep peel done. Here is a look at how they work.
Chemical peels are safe and relatively painless, there may be a bit of a sting when you are getting the treatment. As far as side effects go it will feel like a mild sunburn and there may be some irritation or redness on your face. Chemical peels are effective in treating acne scars and you are left with newer skin that is smoother in both color and texture.