Chemical Peels for Acne Scars
What Can the Doctor Do for Acne?
- Chemical peels: Whether the superficial peels (like glycolic acid) performed by aestheticians or deeper ones performed in the doctor's office, chemical peels are of modest, supportive benefit only, and in general, they do not substitute for regular therapy.
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Chemical peel facts
- A chemical peel damages the skin in a controlled manner, producing a superficial wound.
- As the damage is repaired by the natural healing process, the skin's appearance is improved.
- The depth at which the damage occurs is determined by the nature of the chemicals applied to the skin.
- The type of chemical peel used depends on the nature of the skin problem to be treated.
- Skin problems that respond best to chemical peels are due to chronic sun damage from ultraviolet light.
- Since most skin peels damage the skin, there is a period of recuperation necessary.
- As with any surgical procedure, there are risks, which include scarring, infection, and undesirable color changes.
- Currently, chemical peels are often used in conjunction with other destructive techniques like laser to diminish the signs of sun damage or acne scarring.
What is a chemical peel?
A chemical peel involves the application of toxic chemical solutions to the skin in a controlled manner, producing controlled tissue death. The desired depth of the wound is dependent upon the condition to be treated. After the peel, the skin regenerates. The damaged skin likely regenerates through the growth of cells from deeper layers of the epidermis or from undamaged hair follicles.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/11/2016