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Do Chemical Peels Help With Acne Scars?

Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States, affecting nearly 50 million Americans yearly. Though most of these people are between the ages of 12 and 24, acne can occur at any age. Over 25 percent of women and 12 percent of men in their 40s report having acne.

Acne scars, a consequence of having acne, are also popular. Approximately 20 percent of people with acne will develop acne scars. Though they can sometimes resolve independently, acne scars typically require treatment. Chemical peels can be effective treatments for acne scars and may help treat active acne. Learn how chemical peels can help your skin.

Why Do Acne Scars Form?

Inflammation of an acne blemish can lead to acne scarring. When inflammation is severe enough, the walls of the acne can break down and create a shallow or large scar, depending on the blemish size.

Scarring is not just a result of the breakdown of the acne wall but also due to your body’s repair process, where collagen is utilized to heal the injury. If too little or too much collagen is utilized by the body, it can lead to indentations or raised scars.

Types of Chemical Peels and Their Differences

There are multiple types of chemical peels with three main levels or grades. Chemical peels vary in the ingredients they may use, the concentration of those ingredients, as well as the depth of skin the peel addresses.

Regardless of level, chemical peels help address similar issues but are differentiated by the robustness of the results. For example, deep peels–the grade of peel that penetrates the most layers of skin, lead to a higher degree of skin rejuvenation compared to superficial peels–the lowest grade of peel, but they all can provide varying degrees of skin rejuvenation.

Can Chemical Peels Help Your Acne Scars?

Researchers looked at the scientific literature in a study published in the journal Clinics in Dermatology. They recognized the great efficacy chemical peels can have in addressing persistent acne scars and treating active acne.

Chemical peels increase the formation of new blood vessels, supplying greater nutrients to the skin and leading to greater collagen production and skin turnover. So, chemical peels help form clearer, younger-looking skin.

Treat Acne Scars With Aventura Dermatology

Acne scars can be stressful. Treating them shouldn’t be. Working with a professional can help you achieve the results you want.

Dr. Bertha Baum of Aventura Dermatology is a board-certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon. Her expert capabilities allow her to bring high-quality treatments to any one of her many patients.

To work with Dr. Bertha Baum, contact Aventura Dermatology in Aventura, FL, by calling 754-544-9030.

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