For many, acne is an unfortunate skin condition that can wreak havoc on not only your skin, but your confidence as well. Even as the acne fades, sometimes we are left with lingering scars that need professional attention. If you’re looking to get smoother, healthier skin, here is what you need to know about the best chemical peel for acne scars and your skin type.
What are Acne Scars?
Acne scars are the leftover damage to the skin after it has suffered trauma. Presenting as either indentations (commonly referred to as “ice pick” scars), raised skin or post-inflammatory pigmentation (“PIP”), scars are a direct result of the skin trying to heal itself after ruptured lesions.
Immediately after an acne lesion pops, the skin will produce a protein called collagen to help repair the damaged tissue. When either too much or too little collagen is produced, acne scars are formed.
What Causes Acne Scars?
Scaring is your body’s natural response to the infection caused by inflammatory acne. As the body’s immune system recognizes the presences of infection, it causes inflammation in the area to fight it off.
Not surprisingly, acne scars are most often caused by persistent inflammatory acne (especially Grades 3 and 4). This type of acne usually appears in the form of cysts and nodules. Cystic acne usually consists of blemishes larger than 5mm with an appearance similar to a boil. Nodules are hard bumps (like cysts without any fluid) that are painful to the touch.
Scars are also prevalent in skin where acne develops over lesions that have not completely healed. This often occurs in higher grades of acne, where blemishes merge together into large infected areas rather than one single pore.
Why You Should Try a Chemical Peel for Acne Scars
Chemical Peels are a great treatment for acne scars. Filled with skin nourishing vitamins and minerals, they help eliminate PIP. PIP generally occurs when skin becomes inflamed as a result of a injury, rash or acne. The inflammation causes the release of melanin-producing enzymes, which results in a darker appearance in the affected skin area.
Unlike peels performed at a dermatologist’s office, esthetician-performed peels require little-to-no recovery time. With light exfoliation, these peels gently even out skin tone and smooth out the surface, which helps skin care products work better and makeup apply smoother.
The Best Chemical Peel for Acne Scars
There are several varieties of chemical peels and treatments for acne scars. As a therapeutic health spa, we strive to use chemical peels that are made with organic, all-natural ingredients. The best chemical peels will lightly exfoliate and nourish the skin naturally.
Image Skincare Peels
Packed with a Vitamin C, alpha and beta hydroxy acids and several other skin nourishing ingredients, Image peels help correct uneven skin tones, smooth skin texture and reduce the appearance of acne blemishes by speeding up cellular turnover. Image peels are available in eight options. Based on your skin’s needs, your esthetician will select the best for you.
Eminence Organic Skin Care Peels
Eminence peels are all-natural, cruelty-free peels that help to rejuvenate skin with hydrating enzymes. These peels use a variety of ingredients to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, improve texture and reduce the appearance of pores and acne scars, including:
- Pumpkin Pulp Purée: rich in enzymes, beta-carotene, amino acids, and antioxidants to fight the appearance of aging
- Pineapple: purifies skin by removing dirt and proteins
- Papaya: contains vitamins and fruit enzymes to improve the appearance of skin
- Willow bark Extract: natural beta-hydroxy to minimize the appearance of pores
How to Prevent Acne Scars
Even if you don’t suffer from acne, you should always take steps to care for your skin. In many cases, acne scarring can be prevented and reduced with a proper skin care routine. If you suffer from acne-prone skin, you can reduce future scarring with the following steps:
Wash and Moisturize Daily
Proper skin care can help reduce the chance of scarring. Use warm water and mild soap or a gentle skin cleanser to wash your face twice per day. Always follow up with a moisturizer to prevent drying out the skin.
Wear sunscreen Every Day
The sun’s ultraviolet rays can damage skin and make any scar more noticeable. Always apply sunscreen before going outside (even on a cloudy day). For acne-prone skin, you can avoid using greasier sunscreen products by applying a moisturizer that includes SPF protection.
Fight the Urge to Pop and Pick
It can be tempting to pop or pick at acne blemishes or dry them out with alcohol. Popping and picking at your face increases the chance of scarring, and alcohol will dry out your skin and cause it to overproduce oil. Instead, avoid touching your face and continue with your regular skincare routine.
Consult a professional
In more severe acne cases, consider seeing a dermatologist. Based on the severity of your condition, they may be able to prescribe oral antibiotics and topical acne creams or provide cortisone injections to treat acne and prevent scarring. Always consult a dermatologist or esthetician before trying out microdermabrasion or chemical peels to treat your acne.
Both acne and scarring can be a burden to skin. This fall, cleanse your skin with a chemical peel to nourish, moisturize and reduce the appearance of acne scars. At Blue Creek, we focus on each patient’s individual skin care needs to provide the best treatment plan to help heal you from the inside out!
Call us at (303) 573-7484 to set up an appointment today!