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by Darren W.
Chemical peels were first introduced as anti-aging and facial exfoliation preparations but over time they came to be marketed as acne treatments as well. In a chemical peel, an acid mask is applied over your face which, upon drying, causes the skin to slough off and new skin to be exposed. Some of the brands have exotic names, out-of this-world price tags and are guilty of exaggerated claims. In truth, a lot of them are just sensationalized versions of the basic peels described here.
The chemical peels act on wrinkles by dissolving the sticky substances that bind together the keratinized dead cells of your skin, causing them to exfoliate or slough off and allow new healthier skin to come out. This procedure decreases the development of age lines and wrinkles and evens out dermal coloration.
Chemical peels also create the same exfoliation in your pores and follicles where dead keratin cells accumulate and clog your pores, forming acne-causing comedones. Chemical peels are not the best choice if you want to treat inflammed acne lesions. They are, instead, best for getting rid of blackheads and whiteheads.
Superficial acne peels are, for the most part, concerned only in the outer layer of the skin so it isn’t likely to bring complications such as skin discoloration. Deep-acting peels with higher acid strength are occasionally used to erase the unsightly scars of acne. Superficial peels won’t go beneath the epidermis and may even out the skins pigmentation by whitening acne’s dark spots.
Choosing the right chemical peel treatment for you depends on the type of skin you have, the severity of your acne, the area of scarring, and your financial capacity to fund it since nearly all health insurances won’t cover them.
With the use of chemical peels, continued skin redness, long-term skin discoloration and scarring may occur, particularly with deep-action high strength peels. The appearances of cold sores were also reported by users. If you or any family member has an inclination to develop keloids or other forms of scarring, then chemical peels are not suited for you.
Chemical peels can not only trigger cold sores, they can even encourage them to appear all over your face. If you have a history of herpes blisters, then avoid chemical peels or any form of dermabrasion.
Be sure to give your newly-peeled skin adequate protection from the sun right after a procedure. Get a doctor-prescribed sunblock with both A and B ultraviolet protection and use it everyday for at least a month following the peel procedure.
There are occasions where a topical retinoid is applied to prepare the skin for a peel by thinning out the skin’s epidermis. This skin pre-conditioning will allow the peel solution to permeate deeper into the skin. This skin treatment can last for up to a month, after which the chemical peel will finally be done.
Chemical peels can be performed by doctors, nurses, aestheticians or qualified health workers. However, most state laws restrict aestheticians to low–strength acid concentrations. The lower strength peels that have less potency than those used in clinics have very minimal effect on acne.