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What is a Chemical Peel?

More than once over the course of this blog, I’ve mentioned that some people use chemical peels to help them deal with the aftermath of acne scars. But what exactly is a chem peel?

 Honestly, I had no idea whatsoever how the process worked, except to know that you have to make an appointment with a dermatologist to get one done. Looks like it’s time to hop on the internet and find out how a chemical peel works. Here are the basics:

 Basically, a chemical peel is a body treatment technique  that’s used to smooth the texture of your facial skin. Using a chemical solution, the dead skin on your face is essentially burned and sloughed off—revealing a layer of “new” skin underneath. This skin is generally softer and less wrinkled than the layer on top.

 During the actual procedure, a doctor applies chemicals to your face in order to exfoliate it. The doc applies an acid exfoliant that’s stronger than what is available in topical creams directly to your face. The acid (trichloroacetic acid is generally preferred) burns the outer layer of the skin, which peels off, causing new, smoother skin to regenerate.

 Like any other procedure of this nature, there are major pros and cons to having a chemical peel done. If you’re suffering from major acne scars, they might be a viable option for regaining the appearance of healthy skin. It’s a fairly quick procedure, and it’s not difficult to find qualified dermatologists to perform peels.

 But it’s also important to keep in mind that it often takes several treatment sessions to reach your desired look, depending on how deep your cars are—and since they’re not exactly a cheap, this isn’t going to work for everyone. And from what I hear, chemical peels vary from mildly stinging to seriously painful— so make sure you ask lots of questions before you make that appointment.

 Has anyone out there actually had a chemical peel done to help with acne scars? If so, what was the outcome?


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