AHA peels can be very helpful in treating acne, especially as a part of an overall acne management program. AHA peels work by exfoliating the upper layers of the skin, and removing debris and irritants from the skin. This improves the skin and increases cell turnover. AHA peels also stimulate new collagen formation and improve acne scarring. So you can actually kill two birds with one stone when you have an AHA peel for acne treatment. Also helpful are Retin-A medicines as they too will improve acne.
Physician Prescriptions Generally Work Better
There are a number of over-the-counter products which do work for acne, however prescription and by-physician treatments generally work much better. A dermatologist can determine whether oral antibiotics, topical antibiotics and keratolytics are needed.
What Causes Acne?
Acne is a difficult problem to treat because it has several underlying causes. Some are genetic, some hormonal, others involve external factors. There is no ‘cure’ for acne, but management is possible.
The problem with acne really begins within our skin as it naturally produces oil in our sebaceous gland. Acne-causing bacteria metabolize this oil and that metabolized oil is irritating to our skin. As the skin becomes increasingly irritated by this oil our hair follicles will become plugged, thereby collecting debris. This debris then erupts down into the deeper layer of our skin, the dermis. This debris is an intruder in the dermis, a foreign body, which doesn’t belong there. As a result our body attempts to get rid of this foreign body with an inflammatory response.
I got a few AHA peels done to tame my acne and I am really happy with the results. The peel was rather mild, only uncomfortable at most. My face was pink and a little bit flaky for a couple of days after each one, and each time my refreshed face came through. My acne is all but gone and I am so satisfied with the results.
- Portland, Oregon
I went in to my doctor's office looking for a recommendation on some form of treatment that would help clear up my acne. I had tried a lot of creams and topicals that didn't really work and I wasn't quite ready to go on any heavy medications yet. He told me that AHA peels give good results for clearing up acne so I thought that I would give it a try. The procedure didn't take more than about 30 minutes and the pain was tolerable. I saw results in a couple of days, and though not all of my acne was cleared up, I noticed a significant improvement. I'll definitely be going back.