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3 Best Chemical Peels for Acne Scars

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions in Canada and affects both male and female patients of all ages. While you may have heard that it’s best to let acne run its course, most dermatologists know that this is not always the best advice because:

  • Without acne treatment, dark spots and permanent scars can appear
  • Treating acne boosts a person’s self-confidence
  • There are many effective acne treatments available

At our Kelowna skin clinic we use a wide range of acne treatments from photodynamic therapy to chemical peels to restore the health and vibrancy of your skin.

What is a Chemical Peel?

A chemical peel is an advanced skin care and acne treatment which uses a chemical solution (such as glycolic acid) to gently exfoliate the outer layers of dead and damaged skin to reveal a new layer with improved skin tone, texture and color.

Depending on your skin concerns, there are 3 different types of chemical peels available:

  • Superficial or ‘lunchtime’ chemical peel
  • Medium chemical peel
  • Deep chemical peel

During an in-depth consultation, a skin specialist can assess your specific concerns, skin type and aesthetic goals to select the appropriate medical grade chemical peel for you.


Which is the Best Chemical Peel For Acne Treatment?

A chemical peel is a cosmetic treatment that gently removes the damaged outer layer of skin in order to uncover a healthier, smoother layer beneath. In addition, these new layers are less affected by scarring.

Here are some of the best chemical peels for acne treatment:

Glycolic Acid Chemical Peel

Glycolic acid is one of the most useful products to use in an acne treatment as it successfully removes any brown spots that linger on the skin after your acne heals.

Some of the benefits include:

  • Short treatment time
  • Effective in improving the texture and appearance of the skin
  • Proven to dramatically diminish scarring
  • Minimal recovery period

Note: Multiple acne treatment sessions may be required for best results.

Trichloroacetic Acid Peels

TCA chemical peels are medium peels and tend to produce stronger acne treatment results than a lighter treatment, such as a glycolic peel. Some of the benefits of this peel include:

  • More dramatic results than a lighter chemical peel.
  • Don’t require the extended recovery period associated with a deeper peel.
  • Short treatment time (15 minutes)
  • Results can be seen in as little as 7 days.

Note: 2-3 TCA chemical peels will be required for the most successful acne treatment results.

Phenol Chemical Peel

A phenol chemical peel is a deeper medium peel that should be performed at a skin care centre. This peel is an effective acne treatment because it can penetrate deeper layers of your skin than TCA or glycolic acid peels. In addition:

  • The results are long lasting (up to 10 years)
  • It provides dramatic improvement after just a single treatment
  • It can treat discoloration and coarse wrinkles
  • This chemical peel is very successful at improving acne scars

Customized Acne Treatments in Kelowna

Our specialists understand that every patients’ skin is unique. That’s why we use VISIA Digital Analysis to create customized acne treatments that will produce dramatic, safe and long-lasting results.

Some of the benefits of this incredible technology include:

  • Ability to monitor the progress of your treatment and make necessary changes
  • Tailored acne treatments to your exact specifications
  • Reduced lesion count
  • Faster, more effective results
  • Clearer, healthier skin that lasts for a lifetime

Call today

To find out more about our chemical peels and other acne treatments, contact our Kelowna skin clinic at 250-868-9290 or fill in our online contact form.

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Donna McAteer

Donna McAteer

Donna is the general manager and has been with the Okana­gan Skin Care Cen­tre for over 14 years. She is a certified Es­theti­cian and previous business owner with over 20 years enjoying the skin care industry. Her passion for knowledge, integral client care and maintaining a syn­er­gis­tic team that represents professional excellence in skin care remains her focus.

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