If you have suffered from acne in the past and it has left behind unsightly scars, one method you may consider for their removal is a chemical skin peel. A skin peel involves the application of a chemical solution (of varying strengths) to facial areas. The procedure reduces imperfections by peeling away the skin’s top layers. Skin peels can be used on all skin types and skin colors and will not change the color of your skin. Here are three main types of skin peel:
Superficial peels: This type of skin peel has the ability to improve pigment imperfections, scaring from mild acne and minor sun damage. These are the mildest of all the available peels and can, therefore be used on any type of skin. The peeling solution usually contains an active substance called alpha hydroxy acid, and sometimes dry ice can be used. The solution is put on the skin and is left to work on the face for between three and seven minutes, after which water is used to neutralize and wash off the solution. Then the skin is dried gently.
Medium Peels: These peels penetrate the skin to a deeper level, where it can actually remove skin cells. This sometimes causes a sunburned appearance initially. They are used to treat more long term sun damage, severe acne scars, moderate wrinkles, pre-cancerous lesion and changes in pigmentation. The main peeling agent for this type of peel is Trichloroacetic acid. The total procedure takes around 20 minutes.
Deep Peels: This kind of peel is used to treat long-term sun damage to the skin, severe acne scars, darker pigment changes and growths on the skin. It is less common than the other two. Like medium peels, it will temporarily leave the skin with red appearance. When you are undergoing a deep peel, in some instances you may receive intravenous fluids and have your heart monitored. This is due to the fact that phenol, the active substance in this type of peel, can be toxic in large doses. For this reason, you will have one area of the face treated at a time and then take a fifteen-minute break before moving on to the next area, to avoid excessive absorption. You can only have a deep peel once.
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These two new treatments involve non-invasive alternatives to skin peels.
Isolagen: Isolagen is a new treatment which involves tissue and skin cell rejuvenation. It uses a sample of your own skin cells to treat acne scars and fine wrinkles. By taking a small skin sample clinicians can produce fibroblast cells that will produce collagen. This is grown in a laboratory in about eight weeks. The treatment is effective for several years.
Caci Non-invasive Surgery: CACI (Computer Aided Cosmetology Instrument) is a machine that uses very low-frequency micro-electrical currents to give facial muscles a boost, and to stimulate the regeneration of skin cells. This procedure corrects sagging muscle tissue and restores firmness. The treatment also helps to stimulate your blood circulation, which in turn helps firm muscle tone and to combat dryness. Other functions are that it improves skin condition and is effective for treatment of acne, wrinkles, and line, scars, dry skin, oily skin and the sun damaged skin.
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