For some individuals, acne is a hard-to-treat issue. It can cause breakouts that are irritating and ugly to view. It can make a beautiful face into something that you want to hide with makeup or even a mask. The worst part is that acne persists even when it is gone. It can leave scars that hurt your overall appearance, which in turn can leave your face looking pitted, rough and anything but beautiful.
The good news is that chemical peels can be used to treat both acne breakouts and acne scars, but only when certain conditions exist.
How Chemical Peels Treat Acne
There are three layers of skin: the epidermis, the dermis and the cutis. The epidermis is the outermost layer of skin, the dermis is the middle, and the cutis is the deepest. The dermis is where hair follicles and most of your glands are located, and these structures travel through the epidermis. This makes the epidermis and the dermis the two layers of skin responsible for housing breakouts of acne.
Chemical peels cause a controlled destruction of the epidermis and dermis layers. This allows skin that has been treated for acne to be replaced with healthier, firmer skin that tends to be free from acne. Milder chemical peels can be used in conjunction with active acne treatments to reduce the amount of acne on your face.
As far as preventing future breakouts, chemical peels can help clear the epidermis layer. This prevents pores and other structures within your face from clogging, which in turn makes it significantly harder for acne to stay on your face. In other words, regular chemical peels can treat active acne breakouts and prevent future ones from happening, especially when you practice the right at-home skin hygiene.
Improving Acne Scarring with Chemical Peels
The dermis layer, which is the middle layer of skin, tends to be where acne scars reside. By encouraging this layer of skin to rejuvenate itself, chemical peels can help heal some of the scars that acne may have left on your face. Pits and other scars that are caused from “holes” in your face can be filled in while other types of raised acne scars may be leveled to reduce their appearance significantly.
The thing to understand about scars is that they are significantly harder to treat than other types of dermatological issues. You may require a series of chemical peels or other treatments to ensure that acne scars become less visible.
While chemical peels can help reduce acne and heal some of the lasting damage it may have caused, they are not for every person. You can work closely with our highly trained staff at Advanced Anti-aging and Weight loss Center to ensure that your skin receives the right treatment. Here, our dermatologists will be able to answer any questions or concerns you might have. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.