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Chemical Peels for Acne

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Acne lesions are formed when excessive secretion of oils from the sebaceous glands combine with naturally occurring dead skin cells to block the hair follicles. Sometimes, excessive keratinisation (hardening and death of epithelial cells) leads to abnormal shedding of the skin lining of the pores. Oil secretions build up beneath the blocked pore, forming a comedone, which is a perfect anaerobic environment for the growth of the skin bacterium Propionibacterium acnes. Bacterial growth triggers inflammatory response, producing an inflamed lesion, such as a pustule or a nodule.

At Array Aesthetics Belfast we can treat acne with a combination of skin care and chemical peels. Our Obagi Blue Peel Radiance is excellent for acne as it contains salicylic acid. Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid which works by penetrating the follicle and dislodging the comedomal plug from the lining of the follicle and unclogging the pores. Basically imagine it acts like little pac-men and eats up the oil and dead skin cells trapped in your pores. Salicylic acid is more effective at treating acne than glycolic or lactic acid as it is lipid soluble meaning it has the ability to cut through the oil in your skin.

The chemical peel works by breaking down the stratum corneums (the top layer of the epidermis) tough structural proteins, and infiltrating the plugs of dead cell debris, oil and dirt that block pores and cause comedones (blackheads), pustules (whiteheads) and acne nodules (inflamed pimples). With active acne, you might experience some post-peel purging. As the acid exfoliates away the surface of your skin, it brings clogs you have underneath your upper layer of skin closer to the top, which may erupt as more active pustules. Once your skin has purged you will notice clearer skin and more refined pores.

Please remember to inform us if you are allergic to Salicylate or Aspirin before you have a peel as this contra-indicates the use of salicylic acid.

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