Thursday, May 16, 2013

Chemical Peels for Acne Treatment

By Marlene Ataine

Practically all teenagers suffer from acne at one time or another, but sometimes it's only a few 'zits' or pimples. However acne can be more severe in other teenagers, giving rise to spots called whiteheads, blackheads, and in more severe cases larger red, inflamed spots called cysts. These skin pimples, spots and cysts can change the tone of the skin, leaving a darker tone and severe acne can in some cases leave scarring.

Acne is not dangerous, but can leave skin scars. Human skin has pores (tiny holes) which connect to oil glands located under the skin. The glands are connected to the pores via follicles - small canals. Sebum is an oily liquid produced by these glands. Dead skin cells are brought to the surface of the skin by the sebum carrying them through the follicles. From the follicle, out of the skin, a small hair grows. Oil accumulates under the skin when these follicles get blocked, resulting in pimples. Acne is common in teenagers as the hormonal changes during puberty can cause excess oils in the skin. Later in life, adults can suffer from acne too, not just during the teenage years.

For some adults, breakouts are a result of hypersensitivity or overproduction of androgens (male hormones). But an imbalance in both male and female hormones (estrogen) can also cause breakouts. This can happen during a woman's pregnancy, perimenopause, or menopause. Some medications, such as corticosteroids, and cosmetics can also contribute to the development of acne.

Chemical peels are a very good treatment for mild and moderate adult acne. By exfoliating the skin, chemical peels take effect; this process cleanses the skin of the dirt and removes dead skin cells which have clogged the pores. This causes fewer acne pimples and spots to form. Chemical peels may also help to reduce some of the skin discolouration and uneven skin tone caused by acne.

Chemical peels are a very cost effective option for acne treatment. This acne treatment is also very safe. When applied to the affected areas, superficial chemical skin peels remove the dead skin cells by exfoliating and cleansing the top layers of the skin. A course of six peels, spaced apart by one week minimum, is usually recommended. This will result in a noticeable improvement in the skin texture and visibly reduce the amount of acne breakouts.

Make sure to approach a credible skin care clinic for your chemical peel acne treatment. Before embarking on treatment with chemical peels for acne, it is important to consult a reputable clinic to obtain advice on how the chemical peel treatment will benefit your skin type.

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