Chemical peels can improve many skin issues including:
Acne is a common inflammatory skin condition. It’s often treated with topical products or oral medication, but chemical peels may also help.
The procedure can:
-break down comedones (plugged hair follicles)
-decrease oil production
-increase absorption of topical treatments
Light and medium chemical peels are usually used to improve acne.
As acne heals, the skin creates new collagen fibers in an attempt to repair lesions that have been created by inflamed skin.
The production of new collagen fibers can create hypertrophic scars, which are bumpy and raised, or atrophic scars, which create depressions in your skin.
A chemical peel can help by exfoliating the top skin layer, which removes excess collagen. Medium chemical peels are typically recommended for acne scars.
Rosacea is an inflammatory skin condition that causes redness, swelling, and red bumps. If it also causes acne-like breakouts, it’s known as acne rosacea.
Sometimes, a chemical peel can help relieve these symptoms. It’s typically recommended for mild or moderate rosacea.
Chemical peels may reduce signs of aging, including:
-uneven skin tone
When skin grows back after a chemical peel, it triggers the production of collagen and elastin. This can help make your skin supple and strong, reducing the appearance of wrinkles.
The new skin that grows back is also smoother, which helps decrease roughness and dryness.
Chemical peels aren’t recommended for removing deep wrinkles, however. It also won’t tighten sagging skin.
In addition to acne scars and age spots, chemical peels can improve other forms of hyperpigmentation, such as:
-uneven skin tone
-scars due to injury
-discoloration due to sun damage
If you have a dull complexion, you may benefit from chemical peels.
The treatment allows new skin to surface, which may help your complexion look brighter and healthier.
Actinic keratoses are rough skin patches caused by years of sun exposure. They’re known as precancerous growths, since they can potentially turn into skin cancer.