Chemical Peels and Acne
Chemical peels are acids which are applied to the skin to chemically exfoliate the top layers of skin. This exfoliation signals the cells inside the skin to produce more rapidly, which can help skin turnover and prevent pores from becoming clogged. For these reasons, chemical peels are also sometimes used to help lessen the appearance of acne.
Depending on the depth of the peel, chemical peels may be performed regularly, about once every two weeks. Current studies regarding chemical peels and acne show about 45-50% reduction in acne lesions after a series of 4-6 peels. Results tend to last 4-6 months.
Some people experience a sunburned look with obvious peeling of the skin in the days after their first peel. This redness and peeling tends to be less pronounced with each following peel. Temporary darkening of the skin has been reported, and some people with darker skin have experienced skin lightening which can be permanent. People with darker skin or those who are prone to keloids should be especially careful when considering a chemical peel for acne treatment.
Because chemical peels peel away the protective layers of the skin, your skin will be much more sensitive to sunlight and UV rays. It is extremely important to keep your skin out of the sun after a peel and to use an adequate sunscreen. You should also consider wearing hats and sun protective clothing in the weeks and days following the chemical peel.
There is a mixed consensus in the medical community as to whether or not chemical peels are a useful stand-alone treatment option for acne. The procedure may be more effective with the additional use of prescription acne medication.
If you are interested in learning more about chemical peels and acne treatment, Dr. Batniji would be happy to meet with you to discuss your treatment options. To schedule a consultation, contact his Newport Beach office today at 949-650-8882.