Skin Rejuvination or Chemical Peels for Deep Acne Scars
Deep acne scars can make you want to hide your face and never socialize in public. However, you can reduce the look of your scars just by undergoing a simple procedure called a chemical peel, which works to rejuvenate the skin and gives you a healthy glow. Though you won't be able to fully get rid of scars, you'll dramatically improve the texture of your skin, allowing you to put a better face forward.
Acne scars come in many different types. Deep scars, in particular, can be separated into two main categories: boxcar and ice pick. Boxcar scars have defined edges and can leave deep depressions in the skin. Ice pick scars are very narrow and can look like a very large pore, though they are scars that penetrate deep into the skin. Both of these scar types require surgery or fillers to correct, though you can achieve some positive results with chemical peels.
Chemical Peel Types
Skin rejuvenation through chemical peels is an affordable and safe way to reduce your acne scars. The main types are separated by acid type and concentration. Alpha hydroxy acid peels are mild, but can be used in a variety of concentrations. Types of acids used include glycolic and lactic. Phenols are also used to peel the top layers of skin, though it i's too strong to apply at home and must be applied by your dermatologist.
The chemical peel procedure is straightforward and simply involves applying a chemical solution onto your skin for a set period of time before it is rinsed off with warm water. How long the peel is left on depends on the concentration of the solution and the intended result. If performed at home, you'll apply the peel with a cotton pad all over your face, let sit for a few minutes, then rinse. The procedure is pretty much the same if performed by a dermatologist, though it might be left on for a greater length of time to allow for a deeper peel.
The aftermath of a chemical peel depends greatly on the strength of the peel. An at-home peel might require no aftercare at all and you might not experience any peeling or redness. However, it is normal to experience at least some irritation, redness and skin peeling for a few days after the peel. If you received a peel in a dermatologist's office, your skin might be very red and irritated. If the peel was very deep, you might even scab a bit. Proper recovery relies on following your doctor's instructions exactly and keeping your skin moisturized.
Following a chemical peel, you can expect your skin to be smoother, more supple and to have an improved texture. However, it is completely normal for it to take several sessions before you start to see a reduction in your acne scars. Even then, deep scars will not go away completely with a chemical peel.
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