Acne is a skin condition that may leave behind scars when it heals. Acne scars may appear as a raised or depressed portion of the skin that may be considered unattractive, especially if they are on the face. Fortunately, today there are treatments that can diminish the scarring. One of the treatments for acne scars is a chemical peel. This method uses concentrated chemicals that are applied to the face to remove the top layers of skin. Over time, healthy skin cells will replace the old skin cells. The exfoliation caused by chemical peels may reduce or eliminate acne scars or blemishes.
Along with this, a chemical peel treatment has other benefits as well. It can also make the skin smoother and improve the skin’s pigmentation. There are different types of chemical peels, and each has its benefits.
Chemical peels are done with different types of chemical acids that provide different strengths, including alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA), phenol peels and trichloroacetic acid (TCA). Alpha-hydroxy acid peels are the gentlest on your skin, and phenol and TCA peels are stronger. Each peel will have its disadvantages and advantages.
Acne scars are caused when the body tries to heal acne lesions. Acne produces three main types of scars and each person’s face is affected in a unique way. This is why acne treatments must be customized for each individual. There is no one-size-fits-all treatment, but a chemical peel may effectively remove deep acne scars for some patients. Several treatments may be necessary, depending on the situation.
If you have scars left on your skin from acne, you do not have to live with them for the rest of your life. When you talk to our specialist at River Region Dermatology & Laser in Montgomery, you can learn more about the different types of chemical peels and if they are a good option for your acne scars. If you are a good candidate, you may have clear, smooth skin again. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and get started!