Chemical Peels and Acne Scarring: What to Know

By on September 17, 2019 under Acne, Chemical Peels

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Most people experience acne during their teenage years, usually because of hormones. If you still experience acne or have severe acne, you know that acne scarring can be extremely difficult to get rid of, even after you get your acne under control. Although there are plenty of products that promise results, a little professional help can sometimes be the best option. Here’s what to know about your options with chemical peels for acne scarring.

What is a chemical peel?

A peel uses potent formulations of active ingredients to exfoliate the skin. This removes dead and damaged skin cells, revealing a healthy and smooth layer underneath. There are many different solutions that can be used and at different strengths, meaning we can customize your chemical peel to your exact needs.

What are the advantages of chemical peels?

Chemical peels are an excellent option for combatting acne. They can not only reduce the appearance of old acne scars, but it can also prevent new acne from occurring. This is because chemical peels can be performed with solutions that tackle acne-causing bacteria, meaning they can be a great preventative treatment to add to your regular regimen. Additionally, they can come with minimal downtime, depending on the depth of your peel.

How do I prepare for a chemical peel?

It’s important to discuss your goals for your chemical peel with your board-certified dermatologist. You should also discuss any products and active ingredients you use in your regimen to make sure the chemical peel will not negatively interact with them. You may be asked to cease using certain products for a few weeks in advance of your procedure. When you come in for your chemical peel, it can be helpful to wear no makeup or products other than a simple moisturizer.

What should I expect afterward?

Depending on the depth of your peel, you’ll experience some flaking and peeling in the days after your peel. You’ll also have some redness similar to a sunburn. You should avoid sunlight and use a designated sunscreen in the days following. Dr. Baird will make sure you understand when you can safely return to your regular skincare and cosmetic regimen after your peel. It might take a few peels spaced about one month apart for best results, so we’ll create the ideal treatment plan for you during your consultation.

Schedule a Consultation

Dr. Baird is a board-certified dermatologist with years of experience in helping his patients achieve healthy, clear skin. To begin discussing your options for chemical peels and combating acne scarring, contact our office by calling or filling out our online form.