It is very common for acne to cause lifelong scars. The good news is that there are treatments such as chemical peels to erase them from your skin and leave it beautiful and radiant. Here we tell you a little about this procedure.
Why does acne leave scars?
Acne can cause scarring on the face for several reasons. When the sebaceous glands in the skin produce too much oil, the pores can become clogged and bacteria can grow inside them, which can lead to inflammation and the formation of pimples. If the inflammation is severe, it can damage the skin and surrounding tissues, which can lead to scarring.
Additionally, the skin may produce too much collagen to repair damage caused by acne, which can lead to raised scars or keloids. Acne scars can be superficial and small, or deep and extensive, and can vary in shape and size.
Acne scars can be treated in a variety of ways, including topical treatments, medical procedures such as microdermabrasion, chemical peels and laser therapy, and cosmetic surgery.
It is important to treat acne as soon as possible to prevent scars from forming and, if they have already appeared, to seek treatment to reduce their appearance.
What is peeling to treat acne scars?
Chemical peel is a cosmetic procedure used to improve the appearance of the skin by removing its surface layers. This procedure can be used to treat acne scars as well as improve skin texture and tone.
During the procedure, a chemical solution is applied, which may be glycolic acid, salicylic acid, trichloroacetic acid (TCA), or other types of acids. The chemical solution exfoliates the top layer of skin and stimulates collagen production in the underlying skin, which can help reduce the appearance of acne scars.
First the skin is cleansed and then the chemical solution is applied to the area to be treated. The acid is left to act for a few minutes and then neutralized with a baking soda solution. After treatment, soothing creams and lotions are applied to the skin to aid recovery.
Several sessions of chemical peels may be needed to treat acne scars, depending on the depth and extent of the scars. Minimal side effects of the procedure may include redness, peeling, and sensitivity of the skin for a few days after the treatment.
At Benavides Aesthetic Medicine we have advanced techniques to treat acne scars. Contact us to receive more information.