Acne scars are usually the result of inflamed blemishes caused by skin pores engorged with excess oil, dead skin cells and bacteria. The pore swells, causing a break in the follicle wall. Shallow lesions are usually minor and heal quickly. But if there is a deep break in the wall of the pore, infected material can spill out into surrounding tissue, creating deeper lesions. The skin attempts to repair these lesions by forming new collagen fibers. These repairs usually aren’t as smooth and flawless as the original skin.
Why treat acne scarring?
Physical, emotional and social reasons for treating acne scars include:
Promotion of better skin health
What you need to know
There are two main types of acne scars:
Hypertrophic or keloid scarring:
These scars are caused when the body produces too much collagen as acne wounds heal, resulting in a mass of raised tissue on the skin’s surface.
Atrophic or depressed scarring:
These scars develop when there is a loss of tissue. There are two common types of atrophic scarring. “Icepick” scars are usually small, yet obvious holes in the skin. “Boxcar” scars are depressed areas, usually round or oval in shape with steeply angled sides, similar to chickenpox scars.
Treatment With A Chemical Peel
A TCA Peel is a non-toxic chemical peel containing trichloroacetic acid used to treat sun damage, uneven texture, acne scars and fine lines.
The peel works by drying the top layer of skin and encouraging it to peel over a period of several days, revealing new undamaged skin underneath eliminating acne scars. The TCA peel has dozens of factors that can be altered such as the concentration, distribution and level of penetration, all of which allow your provider to customize the treatment to best address your specific skincare needs.
How do Chemical Peels Work?
Chemical Peels are able to resurface the skin by introducing a controlled wound to the treated area, thereby removing the top layers of skin and the sun damage, impurities and redness along with it.
The healing process promotes the growth of new, healthy skin cells that eventually make their way to the skin’s surface and give patients a radiant glow and acne scar free.