The chemical peel is a type of dermatologic treatment that may have both a cosmetic and therapeutic effect on the skin. Because chemical peels are designed around the particulars of each patient’s skin, this type of care is ideal for many people facing various concerns. Although it may seem that inflamed, acne-prone skin would not tolerate the application of a chemical solution, the chemical peel is actually quite beneficial for the Huntington patient facing acne or acne scarring.
Treating acne with a chemical peel
When treating acne, Dr. Koreen may suggest a light to medium chemical peel in some cases. The intent of the chemical peel is to clear clogged pores and remove debris, oil, and dead cells that linger on the surface of the skin. Light chemical peels are very gentle and take only a few minutes to complete. The light peel also has a very mild effect on the skin in terms of after-treatment redness or peeling. Medium peels, being slightly stronger, may produce some redness and may cause a day or two of flaking or peeling as dead, damaged skin cells slough off. As old skin cells fall away from the surface, the skin appears smoother, clearer, and refreshed.
Due to the gentle nature of the light chemical peel, this type of treatment may be performed as often as every month as a preventive measure against acne, sun damage, and other problems. Safe and effective, peels may be included in the larger acne protocol for maximum effect. Additionally, patients of Dr. Koreen may also receive guidance on the daily care of skin using prescription or clinical-strength cleansers and skin products tailored to their skin type and needs.
Long term benefits of chemical peels
One of the goals of acne treatment is to achieve relief of inflammation promptly in order to avoid scarring. When acne is more severe, the risk of scarring increases significantly and prompt treatment becomes even more important. For this reason, it is important to seek dermatologic care right away if over-the-counter remedies do not quickly produce results or if further inflammation occurs because of their use.
When the evidence of acne is left in the form of pits on the skin, reduction may be possible with chemical peel treatment. Results are varied from one person to another. The best way to treat acne scarring is to treat acne flare-ups promptly with care tailored to your skin.
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