Chemical Peels for Treating Acne

Almost every teenager has suffered acne at some point, in some it can be mild with just a few pimples or “zits” occurring every so often. However acne can be more severe in other teenagers, giving rise to spots called whiteheads, blackheads, and in more severe cases larger red, inflamed spots called cysts. These skin pimples, spots and cysts can change the tone of the skin, leaving a darker tone and severe acne can in some cases leave scarring.

Acne occurs when pores in the skin, which can be thought of as small holes on the surface of the skin become blocked or clogged. They can become blocked if glands in the skin produce too much oil, or if dirt, bacteria or dead skin cells block the pores. The blockage causes swelling, pimples and cysts. Acne is common in teenagers as the hormonal changes during puberty can cause excess oils in the skin. However it is not just teenagers who suffer from acne, adults can also develop acne later on in life, which is called adult acne.

Adult acne is caused by the same underlying process where oily material can clog the pores of the skin allowing bacteria to grow, leading to skin pimples. Adult acne can be triggered by changes in hormones, especially in women, particularly related to their menstrual cycle, just before their period, during menopause, pregnancy and if they are taking certain medications such as steroids. Some types of makeup can also clog the pores of the skin, particularly if the makeup is thick or greasy. Changes in the environment can also make you more prone to acne; such has high humidity levels which may cause excess sweating and over secretion of oils on the skin.

Chemical peels are a very good treatment for mild and moderate adult acne. Chemical peels work by exfoliating the skin; this process cleanses the skin of the dirt and removes dead skin cells which have clogged the pores. This reduces the formation of acne pimples and spots. The best type of chemical peel for reducing excess oils is a superficial salicylic acid peel which is offered by Face Clinic London. Chemical peels may also help to reduce some of the skin discolouration and uneven skin tone caused by acne.

Chemical peels are a very cost effective option for acne treatment. They are also a very safe treatment for acne. Superficial chemical skin peels are applied to the affected areas to exfoliate and cleanse the top layers of the skin, removing the dead skin cells. A course of six peels is usually recommended, each performed at least one week apart. This will result in a noticeable improvement in the skin texture and visibly reduce the amount of acne breakouts.

Make sure to approach a credible skin care clinic for your chemical peel acne treatment. Before embarking on treatment with chemical peels for acne, it is important to consult a reputable chemical peel London clinic to obtain advice on how the chemical peel treatment will benefit your skin type. To find out more about chemical peels or to book an appointment for chemical peels please visit our peels page.

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