Chemical Peel for Acne

What is Acne?

Acne is a disease that affects the skin’s oil glands. The small holes in your skin (pores) connect to oil glands under the skin. These glands make an oily substance called sebum. The pores connect to the glands by a canal called a follicle. Inside the follicles, oil carries dead skin cells to the surface of the skin. A thin hair also grows through the follicle and out to the skin. When the follicle of a skin gland clogs up, a pimple grows.

Most pimples are found on the face, neck, back, chest, and shoulders. Acne is not a serious health threat, but it can cause scars.

When Is Chemical Peel Used?

Chemical peel is used very popularly for Active acne/ acne prone and oily skin.

Active Acne peels are Beta-Hydroxy Salicylic Acid peels. They are safe even in darker skin patients. Chemical peel is most commonly performed for cosmetic reasons — to enhance your appearance and your self-confidence. Chemical peel may also remove pre-cancerous skin growths, soften acne facial scars and even control acne.

What happens during a peel?

You should experience a burning sensation during the initial application; this is the solution taking effect on your skin. During this period, a device over your face will blow out cool air, considerably reducing the sting and cold compresses will be applied upon completion to help with the cooling.

The strength of the peel and its effects can also be increased by applying several layers of the chosen solution but this also depends on your skin type, situation and desired outcome. Regardless of the type of peel, you should notice an improvement after each session.

What is the Peel Time in Chemical Peel?

Chemical peel takes about 20 minutes for the whole face.

Does Chemical Peel Require Anesthesia?

No anesthesia is required for this procedure, with the exception of the deep peels. This is an outpatient procedure.

What Are the Possible Side Effects of Chemical Peel?

Patients may experience temporary tingling, swelling, redness or an slight sensitivity to the sun, although all these symptoms are temporary and will reduce and disappear after a few days.

What Are the Possible Complications of Chemical Peel?

Tiny whiteheads may appear temporarily and flare-up of skin allergies. Therefore do inform us of any allergies you have had in the past. Skin color lightening is another potential complication of chemical peel.

How Long Is the Downtime After a Chemical Peel in Nexus Clinic?

There is a 1 hour downtime associated with the Salycilic Peel where your skin might have minimal redness after which it will resolve on its own. You can resume normal activities in 1 -2 days.

How frequently do I need to repeat this peel?

Salisylic acid peel needs to be repeated every 2-4 weekly to see best results, although you will have fresh skin with a significant reduction in Active Acne even after a single treatment.

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