Medical Skin Peel: A Treatment for Acne

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Acne affects 17 million people in the United States. While more common in teens and young adults, it can happen to anyone. It is caused by excess production of sebum, the oil that lubricates the skin. Too much sebum clogs the pores easily, allowing bacteria to collect and spots to form.

The skin infection can sometimes cause cysts. If acne is picked or scratched, it can cause scarring and affect a person’s confidence. That is why lots of people who had acne as a teen choose a cosmetic treatment to reduce scarring.

What are chemical peels?

A chemical peel treatment in London involves painting a solution of salicylic acid on the skin that causes minor burning, like sunburn. The top layer of skin will then blister and peel off, revealing a new layer of skin underneath. This new layer of skin will be smooth and free of blemishes.

Mild chemical peels can treat uncomplicated acne by causing surface skin cells to shed and reducing the secretions of sebum. For light scarring, a medium strength peel is more effective. Mild peels have been found to be up to 75% effective and medium peels up to 95% effective at treating acne.

What to expect

When getting a chemical peel, the cosmetic specialist will discuss the client’s medical history to make sure he or she is a suitable candidate for the treatment. For mild peels, no local anaesthetic is needed, as it only produces a minor stinging sensation. Cold packs or a fan is sometimes used to relieve this. Deeper peels require local anaesthetic or conscious sedation.

After application of the chemical peel, a neutralising solution is added, and the area is bandaged. During the peeling process, sunscreen should be worn, as the skin will be sensitive to UV rays. Once healing is complete, the new skin will be clear and healthy.

Acne is a distressing skin condition that can affect confidence and cause scarring, but chemical peels are very effective at removing acne scars and revitalising the skin.