Chemical peels are an external cosmetic treatment that eliminates damaged outer layers of skin that have been damaged by acne Dr.Bryan Selkin
By Dr. Bryan Selkin | Chemical Peels Mar 15, 2019

Plano, TX patients ask, “Can chemical peels improve skin with acne and discoloration?”

Do you suffer from acne or acne induced pigmentation? If so, you are not alone. Millions of Americans are affected by acne, most often as a young adult. Acne is often thought of as a common part of adolescence, but while acne may only be a temporary inconvenience for some, for others it can lead to a lifetime of redness, spots, and even scars, despite successful treatment for the acne itself. If you are one of these people, you may have tried many over-the-counter products with varying results. At the Center for Dermatology and Cosmetic Laser Surgery in Plano, TX, we want you to know that there is a better way. Chemical peels are a proven way to improve the tone and texture of skin while also minimizing the appearance of active acne and skin discoloration.

How chemical peels work

Chemical peels are an external cosmetic treatment that eliminates damaged outer layers of skin that have been damaged by acne. During the procedure, the solution is applied to the surface of the skin, causing the cells to slough off. Chemical peels trigger the body’s natural exfoliation process to regenerate skin and reveal fresh layers of smoother, more even skin. Other benefits of chemical peels include the reduction in the appearance of lines and wrinkles and a decrease in the appearance of pores.

There are several different strengths of chemical peels including: light, medium, and deep. Glycolic acid peels are generally the lightest, trichloroacetic acid peels are medium level and phenol peels are the deepest.

Choosing a specific peel

At the Center for Dermatology and Cosmetic Laser Surgery we offer a wide range of chemical peels to provide patients with several options. During the consultation process, we will work with you to select the level of peel that is best suited to your unique case. We’ll base the decision on the severity of the acne scars, your desired results, and the amount of downtime/recovery you wish to experience.

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Candidates for chemical peels

Chemical peels are an effective method for minimizing the appearance of active acne and discoloration, however they aren’t for everyone. Those with deep scars or severe hyperpigmentation may benefit from a combination of other procedures.

What to expect from chemical peels

The number of treatment sessions required for optimal results depends on the patient. In most cases, a series of peels will be recommended for the most effective improvements in skin tone, texture, and color.

Downtime following a chemical peel varies, based on the level chosen. For most patients, the recovery period is minimal and at most a couple of days of redness and peeling. During this time, it is important to avoid picking at skin and minimize sun exposure.

Preparing for a chemical peel

Image of a Young lady with a Nice skinPrior to receiving a chemical peel, you’ll want to prepare your skin, so you can avoid unnecessary side effects and maximize the benefits of treatment.

  1. Stop exfoliating. Chemical peels are a type of exfoliation because the chemical triggers your skin to shed dead and damaged cells. Certain common skin cleansers and anti-aging products can also contain chemical exfoliators such as salicylic acid. Using these products in combination with an in-office peel may lead to skin breakdown and uneven peeling. Please let us know any skin care products you are using prior to your chemical peel so we can schedule your treatment at an appropriate time after discontinuing use of the products. Generally, we recommend discontinuing all other glycolics, retinoids, and other exfoliants at least 2 days prior to the peel.
  2. Stop taking certain medications. There are certain prescription medications or products that can make skin too sensitive to receive a chemical peel. Please share the names and amounts of any medications you are currently taking with your dermatologist to determine which ones are okay to continue before and after your chemical peel.
  3. Stay out of the sun. It is extremely important that chemical peels are performed on healthy skin. Protect your skin from the sun before and after treatment.

Chemical peels are a great way to improve the appearance of acne scarring by rejuvenating the skin. If you are in the Plano, TX area and are ready for clearer, more luminous skin please call us today at 972-985-9003 to find out what chemical peels can do for you.

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Center for Dermatology and Cosmetic Laser Surgery is committed to helping patients achieve healthy and beautiful skin. Our dedicated team is comprised of Dr. Bryan Selkin MD, FAAD, Board Certified in Dermatology; Gilbert Selkin, MD, DMD, Board Certified Maxillofacial Surgeon; John “Jay” Wofford MD, FAAD, Board Certified Dermatologist & Dermatopathologist; M. David Meyer MD, FAAD, Board Certified Dermatologist; Janet Y. Li MD, FAAD Board Certified Dermatologist & Fellowship Trained Mohs Surgeon, Sam Awan, MD, FAAD, Board Certified Dermatologist; Trisha J. Patel MD, FAAD Board Certified Dermatologist; Howard Steinman MD, FAAD - Board Certified Dermatologist, Mohs Surgeon; Nicholas R. Snavely MD, FAAD - Board Certified Dermatologist Fellowship-Trained Mohs Surgeon, an expert in the prevention, detection and treatment of skin cancer, as well as advanced reconstruction; and Caitlin Farmer, MD – Board Eligible Dermatologist