Chemical Peels for Acne

When applied to the skin, chemical peels remove dead skin cells and clean out clogged pores, reducing inflammation in the deeper layers of the skin and shrinking the breakout and amount of oil in the pores. The treatment can be performed in less than 30 minutes, and you may be red and flaky for a few days following the peel.

To address breakouts, light- to medium-strength chemical peels have been a staple in most aestheticians’ and dermatologists arsenals for years. Chemical peels use a chemical solution that causes dead skin to peel off. With a handful of different peeling agents to choose from light peels can be done as frequently as every few months, or whenever the complexion needs refreshing. Many different types of peels can be used to alleviate acne as well as scarring, but glycolic acid—a type of alphahydroxy acid—is the most common. Salicylic acid—a betahydroxy acid—may be more suitable for sensitive skin, and yet another type, polyhydroxy acid, is among the latest generation of acids that results in the least irritation. Your doctor will decide which type of peel and concentration based on your skin.

Regardless of the peeling agent used, the end goal of all chemical peels is the same: to leave the skin regenerated, smoother and with a dewy youthful glow.

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