You will find several ways of treating acne including ointments and creams. However, dermatological procedures such as chemical peels are increasingly becoming common as well. The dilemma with these procedures is that they are very expensive. Today though you can purchase chemical peel solutions online and even over the counter in some of the bigger stores. If you are wondering how chemical peels work and what kind of peels are best for acne treatment, this article will discuss how.
Chemical peels result in peeling of the skin, removing the upper layer of the affected to reveal the unaffected area underneath it. Chemical peeling is considered as one of the best choices in treating acne, particularly acne scars. Its increasing popularity is also because of the few complications that the user may experience with chemical peels. Nevertheless, there are specific considerations if you are intending to use chemical peels to solve your acne problems. If you’ve never had a chemical peel before you should consider consulting a dermatologist to know whether chemical peeling is appropriate for your skin type or not. Or you can opt to do a spot test on yourself on a small area of skin. The strength of Chemical peel needed will depend on the severity of your skin condition.
There are different types of chemical peels depending on its peeling intensity. Hydroxy acids such as our Glycoclic peels are the mildest types of chemical peels. Hydroxy acids do not require extensive recovery time unlike when you use other chemical peels. You would normally experience slight redness or irritation. However, some people also experience crusting though this may eventually subside particularly after the body had adjusted to the process. You may repeat hydroxy acid treatment after 6 weeks.
Salicylic acid is another mild chemical peel. Salicylic acid is a proven skin care treatment hence is appropriate in treating acne and is found in numerous over the counter acne treatments. The use of salicylic acid, however, is not advisable for people having severe or very active acne. Pregnant women should also stay away from this product.
TCA peels are increasingly becoming very popular to treat acne and acne scars. Trichloroacetic acid (TCA). TCA, more specifically, can penetrate deeper into our skin thus can be used in treating severe acne. TCA can actually block and release impurities which allow the skin of healing healthily. TCA also boosts blood circulation thus stimulating the skin cells for rejuvenation. However, the user may require longer recovery time. There are also some side effects like increased sun sensitivity. After receiving a TCA Peel you should always protect yourself from the sun and wear a strong sunscreen until your skin is fully healed.