Acne is a widespread skin condition that affects more than 50 million Americans. Caused by clogged pores and excess oil, acne can be a tough condition to battle. If you’ve suffered from acne in the past, you may have successfully eliminated the constant breakouts but are now stuck with unsightly scarring. Chemical peels are a great way to loosen the top layer of skin and stimulate cell renewal. At Mitchell Dermatology in Perrysburg, Ohio, we can utilize chemical peels to reduce the appearance of acne scarring and improve the overall tone and texture of your skin.
Your body looks at acne breakouts like any other injury and begins activating healing processes to repair the skin. Scarring occurs as your body works to replace the lost tissue. When it replaces too much tissue, the result is a raised scar (known as a hypertrophic scar), and when it replaces too little tissue, you will have a depressed scar (known as an atrophic scar).
Chemical peels are customized solutions applied to the skin to deeply exfoliate the dermis (outer layer of skin), causing dead skin cells to shed and reveal newer, smoother skin rapidly. Chemical peels are best for treating atrophic acne scarring and hyperpigmentation, although, with the proper regimen, they can also successfully improve the appearance of hypertrophic scars.
Our aesthetic team will evaluate your scarring and recommend a customized plan based on your unique needs during a consultation. Chemical peels can range in strength from light to deep. Generally speaking, light chemical peels are most commonly recommended for an acne scar.
During the peel, our aesthetician will gently cleanse your face and place protection around your eyes and hair before applying the solution to the skin. You may feel a tingling, cold, or even burning sensation once it is on the skin.
Following the peel, you may notice redness or sensitivity. It’s advised to avoid sun exposure for a few days following your peel.
You don’t have to “learn to live” with acne scars. To find out if chemical peels are suitable for you, call our Perrysburg, OH office at 419.871.3737 or our Fremont practice at 419.871.3636 to book your appointment.