Acne Treatment: Laser vs. Chemical Peels

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Acne is a common cosmetic concern among teens and young adults, which can lead to visible scarring if left untreated. The pits and bumps created due to acne scars can become a source of concern for people as they greatly affect the way one looks. The good news is skin resurfacing treatments can help you get rid of acne scars and boost your self-esteem by giving you smooth and revitalized skin.

Chemical peels and lasers can help remove the damaged skin and encourage skin regeneration to improve the tone, texture, wrinkles, appearance of acne scars, and blemishes. However, there is no “one fit for all” solution. Therefore, you must consult your Board Certified Practitioner to get the treatment that best suits your skin, depending on your skin type, concerns, and the time you can spend on recovery.

This blog discusses the differences between laser and chemical peels in Dubai to give you a brief idea of how these treatments work toward achieving acne-free skin.

Laser Treatment

Laser treatment involves application of controlled pulse light to rejuvenate skin by freeing it of any irregularities such as acne scars, wrinkles, or blemishes. Ablative laser peels off the outer layer to stimulate the collagen production in deeper layers. In contrast, a non-ablative laser heats the outer layer while penetrating the deep layer to promote collagen synthesis.

Laser treatment provides more precise removal of skin irregularities, pinpointing skin damage such as acne. Thus, it causes minimal injury to the surrounding skin while stimulating cell regeneration by promoting collagen growth and healing.

The treatment provides visible results in terms of fading acne scars within 3-5 days. Moreover, the skin becomes smoother and plumper, with tone evens out and wrinkles disappearing once collagen levels are increased with the treatment.

Depending on the patient’s skin type and condition and the type of laser treatment, it usually takes 4-6 sessions with a month gap to provide a long-term solution to your skin acne with minimal downtime.

Lastly, it is to be noted that laser provides the best results by correcting deep scarring for patients with fair complexion, making patients with darker skin tones unsuitable for the treatment.

Chemical Peels

A chemical peel is a cosmetic procedure that applies strong chemical solutions to exfoliate the outer layer of skin and resurface a new and youthful-looking skin. It improves the skin’s overall appearance by targeting acne, wrinkles, scars, and uneven tone.

There are three types of peels; light, medium, and deep peels. As the names suggest, they penetrate the corresponding layers of skin and correct the skin irregularities. The lighter the peel, the subtler the results with no downtime required, and vice versa.

Peels cater to different skin conditions, such as beta hydroxyl acids (salicylic acid), which actively treat acne by decreasing oil gland production and unclogging pores. It may require around six peels every two weeks, with monthly or once-in-six monthly maintenance sessions to clear your skin acne.

Peels cannot pinpoint skin irregularities and treat the entire face, thus rejuvenating the overall appearance. Skin tone is also important while considering peels. Patients with lighter complexion may respond well to deep peels. However, light and medium peels suit those with a darker complexion.

What to Expect?

Patients can expect the following benefits from these treatments.

• Smooth, plump, and youthful skin
• Reduced acne and scars
• Improved skin tone and texture
• Safe and effective
• Boost self-confidence

What Does Recovery Look Like?

The recovery depends on the type of treatment the patient gets. Light peel requires no downtime. On the other hand, patients may experience redness, peeling, and swelling after the laser or moderate and deep peels for some time. You must use moisturizer and SPF to protect your skin and avoid harsh chemicals and sun rays.

Want to Know More?

If you are interested in knowing more about acne treatment in Dubai, feel free to contact the Al Shunnar patient care team. Our coordinators will readily schedule a personal consultation session for you with one of our Board Certified Practitioners.