Do Chemical Peels Help Acne and Acne Scars?

Mar 3, 2022 | Chemical Peels, Skin Care

Out of all the imperfections that can compromise your skin and mar your pristine complexion, acne and acne scars are among the most frustrating. Active acne outbreaks can be devastating to your self-confidence, and while there are plenty of treatments to keep outbreaks under control, they don’t necessarily work overnight. Even if you clear up your active outbreaks, acne can leave scars behind, long-lasting reminders of your compromised skin quality.

Patients often come to Carolina Age Management Institute (CAMI) seeking acne treatment and acne scarring solutions to their acne problems. Often, these patients express an interest in the best chemical peels in Charlotte, NC, and other dermatology services in Charlotte, NC.

Do chemical peels help acne? And do chemical peels help acne scars? We’ll address both of these questions here.

What is a Chemical Peel?

A good place to begin is by clarifying what we mean when we talk about chemical peels.

Simply put, chemical peels are non-surgical treatments designed to remove the outermost layer of skin… and with it, any obvious impurities or imperfections. This is done through a chemical solution that safely targets the outermost layer of skin for removal, allowing healthy new layers of skin to emerge.

Chemical peels are most often used to treat wrinkles, scars, and discolored areas. The question is, how well do they work against acne?

Do Chemical Peels Help Acne?

The short answer is yes: If you choose the right type of chemical peel, administered by a skilled skin care doctor or specialist, it can effectively help you tackle your acne breakouts.

That’s because a good chemical peel can go deep into the skin, dissolving away bacteria, unclogging pores, and skimming away any blackheads. And the best chemical peels will actually linger in the pores for an extended period of time, further cleaning and preventing new acne breakouts from occurring.

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For some patients, chemical peels may actually work better than laser therapy for the removal of acne. To learn more about whether chemical peels are the best approach to your acne, we invite you to contact CAMI Med Spa at any time.

Do Chemical Peels Help Acne Scars?

do chemical peels help acne scars

Chemical peels may be a great option for addressing acne breakouts, but what about the scars left behind?

Fortunately, regular facials and chemical peels can be very effective in treating acne scarring, too. That’s because chemical peels smooth your outermost layer of skin, reducing any areas where you have a raised or bumpy texture.

Additionally, chemical peels can reduce the areas of your skin that are deeper and darker in color, further minimizing the appearance of your acne scars.

What is it Like to Get a Chemical Peel?

Whether you are seeking treatment for acne or for acne scars, it’s only natural to wonder what the process entails.

The first thing you should know is that there are different chemical combinations that can be used to improve the tone and texture of your skin. Before the chemical peel itself, your skincare specialist will examine your complexion, talk with you about your aesthetic goals, and recommend the specific chemical peel that’s best for you.

The chemical peel itself is performed while you lie comfortably in a chair. Your face will be carefully washed, and your hair will be pulled back and protected from the chemicals. The chemical peel itself is gently brushed into your skin. It is not painful but may provide a tingling, cold, or hot sensation, depending on the intensity of the peel you’re receiving. 

Most chemical peels take just a few minutes, and you’re free to resume your normal day-to-day activities following your treatment. Some patients may experience some mild side effects, which can include redness in the face or a little extra sensitivity. The outer layer of your skin will begin to peel in a few days, not unlike the peeling you may experience following a sunburn.  And as with any exfoliating facial treatment, we recommend wearing sunscreen or sunblock after treatment to prevent skin damage. 

Schedule a Chemical Peel in Charlotte, NC

Acne and acne scarring can both be deeply discouraging. Fortunately, there are safe, effective, and non-surgical ways to address them, restoring you to a brilliant skin tone and to full self-confidence. Chemical peels and facials in Charlotte NC are at the top of this list.

If you think you might like to try chemical peeling to treat acne and acne scarring, we invite you to schedule a consultation with us at either of our  Huntersville or Greensboro, NC Med Spa offices. Contact CAMI Med Spa at your next opportunity.