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Acne sufferers near Jacksonville want to know if chemical peels are effective

The skin disorder known as acne includes blocked pores (whiteheads and blackheads), pimples, and deeper cysts and nodules. Acne impacts the appearance and lives of an astounding 40 to 50 million Americans. An estimated 85 percent of the population, both genders, suffers it at some point during their lives. Acne commonly occurs on the face, neck, back, shoulders, and upper arms. The immediate effect is embarrassing. The resulting scars can be emotionally devastating. Dr. Mary Pentel and her team at Southside Dermatology & Laser Center at Southside Dermatology treat patients in and near Jacksonville with chemical peels for acne.

Facts about chemical peels

A chemical peel is a controlled medical procedure that removes damaged outer layers of skin without mechanical abrasion. Chemical peels improve the complexion’s appearance and treat conditions including fine lines and wrinkles, pigmentation spots (sun damage, age spots, freckles, and melasma), acne, and minor scarring. Peels also enhance overall texture and skin tone.

Dr. Pentel believes that your skin is one of a kind. She provides chemical peels customized for your skin type and unique corrective needs. Superficial peels are administered by a qualified member of the staff specially trained in the specific technique. Dr. Pentel performs medium and deeper peels personally.

How peels impact acne

Peels are acids, up to 70 percent in strength, applied to the skin to exfoliate surface layers. Don’t let the word acid scare you – many of the chemical peel formulations come from wholesome natural sources like sugar, fruits, and milk. In addition to sloughing off dull, dead cells, this chemical process stimulates skin to produce new cells, hastening turnover. That gives your skin a healthy glow and helps to prevent clogged pores.

Patients typically see immediate improvement in acne after a brief healing period (depending on the type of peel utilized), and a reduction of 45 to 50 percent in acne blemishes after a series of four to six customized chemical peels. Results last up to two months.

You will likely experience temporary redness and flaking, which tends to lessen with each treatment. After analyzing your skin and prescribing a customized acne peel program, Dr. Pentel will talk with you about preparation, what to expect during treatment, potential side effects, and appropriate aftercare including sun protection.

Jacksonville area patients ask, “Are chemical peels effective in treating acne?” Dr. Pentel answers, “Yes! In skilled, experienced hands chemical peels are an effective adjunct to a daily anti-acne regimen.” Call Southside Dermatology & Laser Center at Southside Dermatology today at 904-606-9882 to learn more.

 

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