The most common facial skin problems include acne scarring, injury scarring, and other forms of hyperpigmentation. Blemishes, age spots, and freckles can become far more noticeable as our skin ages. We can’t completely reverse the aging clock, but we certainly know how to combat it. Chemical peels are one of the most effective treatments for badly textured or unevenly toned skin.
There are several different types of peel treatments, the most aggressive of which is generally not recommended for diminishing the visual signs of acne and other blemishes. These darker regions are located in the upper dermis, right below the epidermis. Sometimes the brittle, dull skin of the epidermis becomes lighter in tone and allows the dark spots to show. A light, superficial peel treatment or a medium-depth peel may be the best treatment for acne scarring and other forms of blemishes.
Before Considering Chemical Peels
Acne and acne scarring occur in the upper dermal layers, usually near pores that clog easily. Many people struggle to keep their skin moisturized and their pores unclogged. Light or medium-depth chemical peels can help combat these problems. It’s important to understand how these treatments work before deciding to having a chemical peel performed.
A superficial peel, also known as a lunchtime peel, is very simple to perform. A mild acid such as glycolic acid is brushed onto the skin surface. The lactic acid exfoliate the epidermal layer of skin. The epidermis will peel and flake away over the next few days. The body will respond to this loss of tissue by accelerating the production of replacement cells. This generally results in healthier skin that shows fewer discolorations.
A medium-depth peel is performed in a similar manner, but a stronger acid is used, usually trichloroacetic acid. It penetrates more deeply and is allowed to set on the skin for a longer period of time. The results can be quite dramatic, especially in the diminishing of acne scars or injury scars.
A peel treatment has advantages over other procedures, the most important one being that it targets several problems at the same time. Not only are discolorations such as acne scars corrected, the skin as a whole becomes much more supple and evenly toned. The results enjoyed by the client can last for a year or more.