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Have Acne Scars? Try Chemical Peels

From the occasional blemish to persistent cystic outbreaks, many Canadians have struggled with acne. Severe acne is an aggravating medical condition that can have a significant impact on self-esteem. Some people battle with excessive acne long past puberty and into adulthood. While there are medical solutions to treat stubborn acne, many people still battle with their lack of confidence due to deep scars left behind. If you are affected by lingering and noticeable acne scars, chemical peels may help. Let’s take a look at how chemical peels can help minimize your acne scars and give you back the confidence to face the world. 

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Getting Rid Of Acne Is Only Half The Battle

Have you dealt with severe acne? If so, you know that getting rid of acne is only half the battle in the journey to having clear skin. Extreme acne can leave scars that seem impossible to eliminate; a constant reminder of your acne struggles. Chemical peels may be a solution to minimize these stubborn scars and boost your self-confidence.


How Can Chemical Peels Help?

Chemical peels are a cosmetic treatment that use acids to exfoliate the skin. This exfoliation will remove dead skin and facial oil to create a brighter, smoother, and clearer complexion.  The common benefits of chemical peels include:

  • Acne reduction
  • Improved skin tone
  • Increased efficacy of skin care products
  • Smoother skin
  • Brightener pigmentation 

To achieve these benefits, you may use a low concentration chemical peel regularly or choose to work towards a stronger formula. This should be only done after your skin has gotten used to your current treatment formula or frequency. With increasingly aggressive chemical peels your skin will begin to produce new collagen more frequently to replace the top layers of your skin that are removed by the peel. This is when acne scars will begin to fade.
At Home And Clinical Peels

Chemical peels can be done on your own or at a clinic. Both have advantages. At home treatments allow you to do a peel whenever you see fit, while clinical treatments are stronger. If you choose to do at-home treatments, make sure you gradually work up to frequent use so your skin can adjust accordingly. To specifically target stubborn acne scars a clinical treatment plan will be the best option. It is recommended to receive 3-6 treatments to see optimal improvements.
Preparation And Aftercare

Prior to a chemical peel, stick to your regular skincare regimen. Trying new products may irritate your skin and create an uneven peel with heightened irritation from the treatment. If you use a retinoid regularly, you can continue to do so as long as you inform your nurse of the strength of your retinoid.

After your chemical peel is complete, your skin may be sensitive and more susceptible to sun damage. Ensure you use a clinical sunscreen and avoid the sun as much as possible. For one to two days after a peel, exercise extra caution with the products you use. Use a gentle cleanser and moisturizer and avoid retinoids and exfoliating products. 

Rejuvenate Your Skin With Chemical Peels

Chemical peels are an effective method to clear your complexion and slough away acne scars. If you are considering chemical peels to resolve specific problem areas, consult a professional to ensure the process is done safely and effectively.
To learn more about chemical peels or alternative scar removal methods consult our expert skincare team at Okanagan Skin Care Centre.


Are chemical peels painful?

During the treatment, you will experience a tingling sensation and possibly some stinging. After the treatment is complete you may experience continued irritation that will gradually decrease over a short period of time.
How long does a clinical chemical peel treatment take?

Our chemical peels take about 45 minutes to complete. This may change depending on the size of the treatment area and the peel’s strength. 

How often should I get clinical chemical peels?

Since chemical peels at clinics are stronger, it is recommended to have treatments every 5 to 7 weeks


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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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