Chemical Peel For Acne
An increasingly popular way to treat acne is through chemical peels. Many different spas, clinics and doctors now offer mild chemical peels for acne, which is basically a light yet targeted exfoliation. These types of peels can work extremely well if done repeatedly over time, helping cases of moderate acne, sun spots and fine lines. These mild peels are gently enough to have low impact on daily life yet strong enough to have noticeable effect, IE: you can have a morning appointment yet head out to the clubs without swelling or inflammation, yet look forward to the glowing skin that chemical peels provide.
Don’t be put off by the name; the chemicals don’t actually ‘peel’ your skin. They exfoliate and slough off dead cells much like using an exfoliating scrub, only faster and more effectively. By increasing the speed of dead cell turnover it is less likely for the skin to accumulate oil and cells in the pores – which can lead to blockages resulting in pimples and blackheads.
Your facialist will probably use glycolic (AHA) acid in their peel treatment. This is the most commonly used acid although Beta Hydroxy (BHA) acid is gaining popularity. Both work in the same way to exfoliate dead cells though BHA’s are considered gentler for more sensitive skins.
The process of receiving a chemical peel to treat acne is simple. First the facialist will thoroughly cleanse the skin and then coat the clients face in the BHA/AHA formula. This formula is usually light and fluid and will be placed on the skin by way of a cotton pad or brush. You can expect to feel a mild stinging or burning sensation, this should be very tolerable – inform your facialist immediately if the sensation is too intense.
The formula will be left on the skin for around 10 minutes before being neutralized and removed. The facialist may then opt to apply a soothing moisturizer but this is not always necessary.
You may look as though you have been a little sunburned following the peel, most people find it will fade in just hours, but sensitive skins may notice the redness even up to five days after application. It is perfectly OK to cover your face with makeup without any ill-effect.
Be sure to wear sunscreen after your peel in order to preserve its benefits. You may find your regular cleanser a little harsh so invest in a simple cleanser to avoid irritating your skin.
You are likely to see great improvement within days of getting your first peel, however for those with severe acne you will find great results after a course of treatments. Talk to your facialist for your individual needs, but generally 3 or 4 treatments spaced a few weeks apart will yield best results.
Mild chemical peels, paired with a great cleansing routine are the number one way to combat acne without resorting to harsh medications. If you struggle with acne then try a peel, the results may astound you!