At some point in life, everyone deals with acne. But for some, it can be a life long battle of trying to obtain and maintain good, clear skin. Issues with acneic skin affects more than just our skin - it impacts all aspects of our lives, our self-esteem, and our self-confidence.
Acne is a skin condition that occurs when hair follicles become plugged with dead skin cells, oils and bacteria, or due to an excessive hormone production. This congestion leads to unsightly blemishes, such as:
Small red, tender bumbs called Papules
Pimples (or Pustules - these differ from Papules in that they have pus at their tips)
Nodules that are large, solid painful lumps beneath the skin surface
Cystic Lesions that are painful, pus-filled lumps beneath the skin surface
So, what are the options for treating this horrible skin condition? For severe cases, a medical doctor can prescribe medications to help with acneic skin, like Accutane. However, this might not be the answer for everyone due to side effects like bone & joint pain, nosebleeds, and eye inflammation (See the full list of side effects here.)
Enter chemical peels.
Chemical peels are a widely accepted way of treating acne by Physicians, Estheticians and other licensed professionals. Working in tandem, a good skincare regimen and a series of 6-8 chemical peels has proven to be a fervent fighter in the ongoing battle that is acne.
Peels that include Salicylic acid are a great choice because Salicylic is oil soluble and can penetrate into the pores to clean out all the bacteria and dead skin cells that are congesting the skin. Salicylic acid is derived from aspirin, so it will also help with the inflammation that accompanies acne.
Are you doing a happy dance yet? You will be, because there is light at the end of this dark tunnel!
Mandelic acid is another option that should not be overlooked when deciding the best peel treatment. It’s a gentle chemical peel with anti-bacterial qualities that make it a fantastic option for people that suffer from acne and also have darker skin tones, sensitive skin or Rosacea. This peel is very superficial and has little to no down time at all!
So, what you’re saying is I can live my life AND improve my acne simultaneously? Yes, we are definitely saying that.
For improving more stubborn acne, and even acne scarring, the Jessner’s and Ultra Jessner’s chemical peels take the cake. These peels are strong and have a low pH, which means they penetrate deeper into the skin.
Paired with a vigilant home care regimen, chemical peels are a fantastic way to improve acne and achieve that radiant glow!
Home care is crucial to long term success.
Help me help you -You have to do your part too.
Without consistent home care, acne will come back. Between chemical peel treatments, a daily ritual of cleansing the skin, treating acne spots, and exfoliating the skin is crucial. Professional skincare, (or skincare that is only available through a licensed professional,) is designed to improve and manage troubled skin with higher percentages of active ingredients that cannot be found in over the counter products.
For acneic skin types, skincare products like the Anti-Oil Cellular Turnover is perfect! It includes Lactic and Salicylic acid, so it will help exfoliate dead skin cells, manage surface oils (without drying the skin out completely,) help improve inflammation from blemishes, and control bacteria.
So, you’re saying there’s a chance…