Can glycolic peels help reduce acne break-outs?

Glycolic peels are known for their ability to rejuvenate the skin and reduce fine lines by stimulating new cells to grow and increasing collagen and elastin fibres. But did you know that it can also reduce the amount of acne break-outs?

Studies have shown that a series of glycolic peels, supplemented with a topic glycolic preparation, can have a beneficial effect on both the number of break-outs.

Acne scars, skin texture and open pores also improve

A series of peels helps to reduce acne scars and open pores. If you have hyperpigmentation or skin texture issues it is worth considering glycolic peel and glycolic serum as they have been show to be beneficial for these issues. Most people who have a series of peels experience a signifcant improvement in the texture of the skin – it feels softer and smoother and looks brighter and clearer.

Things that can go wrong

As with all skin treatments, there is a risk of reactions. Some people who have this treatment experience a temporary worsening of their acne break-out before it gets better. Occasionally, you can experience a temporary sensitivity where the skin is pink for a few days. It is also possible to develop a condition called post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (temporary darkening of the skin, which can last many months and very occasionally is permanent) especially if the skin is exposed to strong ultra-violet light after the peel.

Dr Mark Aszkenasy

Dr. Mark Aszkenasy trained in London at the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine and qualified in 1982. He worked in the NHS for many years as a hospital doctor, and continues in the NHS part-time. After further training in Harley Street, London, he has been working in Aesthetic Medicine since 2009. He also works for the Independent Doctors Federation as an appraiser for other doctors in terms of their annual check for compliance with the requirements of the General Medical Council.

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