Chemical Peels for Acne

My skin is in a process; an uphill climb from an acne struggle.  I am seeing improvements, and to me, this is all that matters.  What is helping improve my acne?  One treatment is the chemical peel.

Emilia, our RN has been doing all of my peels for the past 3 months.  I have gotten Illuminize, Vitalize, and Rejuvenize.  These three peel solutions by SkinMedica are graduated levels from lightest to strongest, respectively.  My first peel was the Illuminize – and I immediately saw tighter skin. Over the course of 4 days I saw my acne flare-ups become drier.  I didn’t see any peeling, which I had expected from a chemical peel.  About 3 weeks later I received a Vitalize peel, one step up from the Illuminize.  I experienced more flaking, and this time noticed my skin texture had improved as well.  With the Rejuvenize peel, I had the most peeling which left me with about 3-5 days of definite skin peeling.  The different levels can be for people like me who want to ease into a deep chemical peel.  It’s important to let the experts tell you what kind of skin you have, and which peel is most appropriate for your skin type and desired results.

After my peels, I didn’t wear make-up for about 3-4 days after treatment.  Emilia gave me a detailed post-treatment guideline as to when I could implement my Clarisonic brush, Clenziderm foaming wash, and Tretinoin back into my routine.  My family and close friends noticed my flaking skin, shedding in small bits and pieces.  There was no discomfort in the peeling itself, it was just more of a nuisance but passed in a couple of days.

Although chemical peels are a tremendous treatment for the struggle with acne, they are also very beneficial for other skin concerns as well.  Patients have gotten peels to help with acne scarring, uneven skin texture, dullness, ruddiness or hyperpigmentation left from sun damage, and of course patients desiring an overall rejuvenation of their skin.

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