People inflicted with acne scars seldom visit a dermatologist. In fact, only 7 percent of acne sufferers have the courage to seek the help of a dermatologist. This suggests that self treatment is more appealing to the majority of acne sufferers.
There are reasons why people, both teenagers and adults, select self treatment. First is the lack of courage since bearing acne scars is associated with a social stigma. Another reason could be the fact that self treatment is easier to accomplish.
Moreover, many of those who have undergone an acne treatment procedure did not achieve their desired outcome. This usually happens to those who cease to continue somewhere between the treatment intervals.
However, given the right information, medication and prescription, acne treatment can be successful. An accurate diagnosis is really important because there are numerous causes of pimple breakouts.
Today chemical peeling, also called chemexfoliation and derma-peeling, is one of the most commonly applied treatment procedures for acne. It is effective both in treating mild to serious acne scars and in eliminating facial blemishes.
Dermatologists usually use three types of chemical solutions, namely Alphahydroxy acids, Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) and Phenol, in performing chemical peeling. These chemical solutions cause the skin to blister and eventually peel off.
Among these three formulations for chemical peeling, Alphahydroxy acids are the mildest. Individuals who prefer this are advised to observe a daily skin care regimen, such as the application of facial wash or creams of light concentration, especially if their goal is to achieve a smooth and brighter looking skin.
TCA, on the other hand, is applied to medium-depth peeling. This procedure must be carried out in a series of treatment sessions to achieve positive results. It may be less painful because of its light concentrations but it seldom gives a dramatic change in the facial skin, particularly when the patient chooses not to continue the treatment session.
Phenol acids are the strongest concentration and they are used for deeper peels. Deeper peels are more effective than TCA. However, undergoing this procedure can be uncomfortable due to strong acid concentration. In addition, phenol acids put individuals at risk to sun sensitivity as it prevents the skin from producing melatonin.
Going through acne treatment procedures in the form of chemical peeling must be an agreed decision between the dermatologist and the patient.