It’s typically teens who suffer the embarrassment of acne, but unfortunately, this skin condition can leave a lasting, visible reminder on the faces of those who struggled with the condition: permanent scarring. Depending on the severity of your acne, you may have a few tell-tale scars, or they could have left their imprint on sizable areas of your face.
Long after the pimples have healed, scarring can make you so self-conscious, you want to hide your face.
Dr. Pamela Kimbrough and the Life’s Cycle team, with offices in Ardmore and Norman, Oklahoma, understand, and offer an innovative, noninvasive treatment — the chemical peel — that can profoundly reduce the appearance of stubborn acne scars to the point where you’ll forget you ever had painful pimples and cysts!
Remnants of your skin’s painful past
Pimples happen when your pores get clogged with oil and dead skin cells. The most severe type of acne is called cystic acne, so named because, rather than raised pimples, you develop painful cysts underneath your skin. This is the type of acne that most often leads to visible, permanent scarring, though even a less serious pimple can leave a scar if you pick at and irritate it.
Types of acne scars
Several types of acne scars can affect you: atrophic, hypertrophic, or keloid acne scars.
Atrophic scars are depressions in your skin linked to severe cystic acne, and there are three types of these:
- Ice pick scars, which are narrow and go downward into the skin, most often on the cheeks
- Boxcar scars, which are wider and, as their name indicates, box-shaped; they typically form on the lower parts of the cheek and jaw
- Rolling scars, which are depressed scars with different depths, making the skin look wavy. They affect thicker skin also, usually on the lower cheek and jaw.
The other types of acne scars are hypertrophic and keloid. Both are raised scars, or accumulated scar tissue, in locations where pimples once were.
Keloid scars are larger than the original site of the acne they stem from, while hypertrophic scars are the same size as the skin eruption from which they originated. These types of scars appear on the face, shoulders, back, and chest.
Can a chemical peel help my acne scarring? What’s involved?
The words “chemical peel” may make you nervous, but don’t be. This treatment is actually highly customized and when performed by a competent and compassionate provider, can resurface your skin in a miraculous way.
When you come to Life’s Cycle Women’s Care for a chemical peel treatment, you’re seated comfortably, your hair is pulled back, and we apply a chemical solution with a mixture of acids to your treatment area that actually removes the upper layers of your skin.
This allows new, smoother skin to emerge, as the sloughing stimulates new skin cells to be produced. Peels can be done in different strengths, depending on your situation and goals. With lighter peels, your doctor may advise you to get repeat treatments.
You may experience mild tingling or sensitivity while the solution is on your face and for about 30 minutes afterward, but this is normal. The recovery process depends on the intensity of the peel you opt for, but generally, post-treatment side effects may include some swelling and redness, which can be soothed with a medical product we will apply immediately after your treatment.
You return to our office to follow up with us after your session so we can make sure all is well. We’ve seen chemical peels truly turn the lives of our patients with acne scars around. Imagine no longer worrying about the facial pits you’ve grown to despise.
Additional benefits of chemical peels
In addition to minimizing the appearance of acne scars, chemical peels address other skin problems, from wrinkles and enlarged pores to discoloration. You might also want to discuss other treatments we offer that can complement a chemical peel, like microdermabrasion, and products we offer to take the best care of your skin.
Schedule a consultation with Dr. Kimbrough today to discuss your acne scars and how a chemical peel can help, either by calling one of our offices or reaching out to us online.