Acne scar removal may be done with chemical peels from your dermatologist in Chicago
When acne occurs, the first line of defense is often some type of over-the-counter medication. If breakouts do not clear within a few weeks of use or if skin seems to become more irritated from a topical acne solution, there is an increased risk that scars will develop. Several methods of scar removal exist, and your dermatologist in Chicago has the advanced skill to identify which type of treatment will best address acne and acne scarring. In many cases, the skin will respond very nicely to custom chemical peel treatments.
Chemical peel treatment is wonderful for the achievement of a number of goals. The intent of this process is to remove the top layer of damaged or dead skin cells. Depending on the strength of the peel, a greater amount of cells will be removed. Removing the skin in such a way results in outstanding exfoliation and unclogging of irritated pores. Where scars exist, the chemical peel can gradually return the skin to a more even, toned appearance by releasing the cells that make up the scar.
Chemical peels come in a variety of solutions.
Some will contain glycolic acid or alpha hydroxy acid, while others will treat the skin with trichloroacetic acid (TCA) or phenol. Light, alpha hydroxy acid, or glycolic acid peels are very gentle and will brighten slight discoloration and soothe acne-prone skin. The TCA peel is stronger and may be better suited to mild scarring. The strong phenol peel may be carefully performed on skin that has sustained more damage.
Dr. Jonith Breadon is an experienced dermatologist who plans treatment around individual patients. Where acne is severe and active, a chemical peel may not be the first recommended treatment.
Addressing deep acne scars
Acne scars develop because of inflammation around acne lesions. In essence, they form as the body attempts to heal. How acne occurs in one person will be very different from the scarring we may see in another. Because every person’s skin is unique, it is important that acne and scarring be treated on a case-by-case basis. Dr. Breadon understands no single form of treatment will successfully address all problems associated with acne and scarring. In our office, patients can trust that their skin will be viewed objectively.
In some cases, a stronger acne peel can reduce the appearance of deep acne scars. When scarring is severe, however, chemical peels may be complemented with other treatments such as subcision, which releases the inward pull on some types of scars.
Acne and acne scarring can cause emotional distress, but your board-certified dermatologist has solutions that will help you regain skin health. Call (855) 400-3818 today.