Dealing with acne is frustrating enough and unfortunately, most times the battle isn’t over when the breakout disappears. Many of us are left with scarring and it can remain for months or even years. Acne scars form as a result of the inflammation, and resulting trauma to the skin, that occurs during breakouts. One of the most effective ways to diminish or completely remove the appearance of acne scars on the skin is a chemical peel.
How Chemical Peels Work
There are generally two types of acne scars — atrophic and hypertrophic scars. Atrophic scars form a depression compared to the level of the surrounding skin because of damage to the collagen, fat, or other tissues below the skin’s outermost layer, according to the National Library of Medicine. On the other hand, hypertrophic scars are raised above the skin due to an overproduction of collagen.
During a chemical peel, a licensed professional will apply a chemical solution that will cause the top layer of skin to peel off during the healing process. This will result in the new top layer looking smoother, brighter, and cleaner. While chemical peels may be effective for atrophic scars, they are not recommended as first-line treatment for hypertrophic scarring because there’s a possibility that the peel will worsen current scars or could cause new scars to form.
Are Chemical Peels for Acne Scars Safe For All Skin Types?
Chemical peels are generally safe for all skin types (namely dry, oily, combination, and “normal” skin). But, there are still some risks to consider in certain cases. For example, those with sensitive skin because of conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and seborrheic dermatitis should be careful when getting chemical peels. If you experience any type of sensitive skin conditions, consult with a licensed professional prior to getting a chemical peel.
Best Chemical Peels for Acne Scars in Maryland
Dr. Hackley and our knowledgeable and compassionate staff are dedicated to providing the best services. If you are ready to learn more about treatment for acne scars, consider a chemical peel. For the best peels in Rockville, contact us today to schedule a consultation!