Acne is one of the most common skin conditions, along with being one of the most stressful and embarrassing. Researchers estimate that over 50 million Americans struggle with chronic acne, experiencing at least one major breakout per month. While the disease is especially prevalent in young people (affecting about 85% of people between the ages of 14 and 24), it can strike at almost any age. Hormonal changes during the 30s and 40s, for example, often trigger acne in women.
While there are topical and systemic medications available to treat acne, they’re often not enough on their own. Topical treatments can minimize some acne symptoms, but they don’t get to the root cause of breakouts. Systemic medications, on the other hand, can be highly effective, but like all medicines, they come with a risk of side effects. That’s why the skincare experts at the Grace Clinic recommend using a specially formulated chemical peel—the BHA 20 by Alumier MD—to treat acne. Chemical peels are capable of penetrating deep into the epidermis, effectively targeting acne where it begins, without any of the harsh side effects associated with medication.
How Does the BHA 20 Acne Peel Work?
When it comes to treating acne, not all chemical peels are created equally. While chemical peels will reduce redness and minimize scarring, research has revealed that salicylic acid (BHA) is uniquely effective at reducing the number of acne-causing bacteria present on the skin and cleansing the pores. That’s why the BHA 20 acne peel by Alumier MD is composed of 20% salicylic acid; this concentration of BHA is strong enough to treat scarring, but gentle enough for use on acne-prone skin. Here’s how the Alumier BHA 20 peel works to get rid of acne and acne-related scarring:
Peels remove built-up oil, dirt, and debris from deep within the pores.
While it’s possible to remove some of this buildup with at-home exfoliation, this does not penetrate to the root of our follicles. As such, the base of our pores remains somewhat clogged, giving bacteria the right kind of environment to flourish. Chemical peels, on the other hand, can penetrate the base of follicles, where they dissolve hard-to-reach debris. They are therefore the most effective method of exfoliation.
BHA is soothing for the skin.
When people hear the word “acid,” they immediately think of something that will irritate their skin. However, BHA is different: It reduces redness and irritation by acting as an anti-inflammatory. Immediately after having an acne peel, you’ll notice that your skin looks less red and puffy. There’s also another benefit of the BHA approach, one that’s impossible to see with the naked eye. Because BHA is so nonabrasive, it doesn’t create tiny wounds in the skin that allow bacteria to penetrate the dermis. BHA is, therefore, a better way of unclogging pores and cleaning the skin than at-home exfoliation, which can easily damage the skin if applied vigorously.
Chemical peels can get rid of scarring and discoloration.
Long after a breakout is over, acne sufferers can be left scars and discolored skin. By speeding up the rate of cell turnover, chemical peels eliminate discolored skin cells and expedite the removal of the fibrous bands of collagen that scars are made of. Over the course of several treatments, this makes the skin smoother and more even in tone.
Recovering from an Acne Peel
The BHA 20 peel is not associated with any significant side effects. You may notice some tingling, dryness, or mild skin irritation if you have sensitive skin, and some degree of flaking and peeling will usually occur after three to seven days. The only special step you will need to take when recovering from an acne peel is to avoid sun exposure, as your skin will be sensitive to sun damage. Wear a sunscreen with a high SPF value whenever you go outside, even if it’s cloudy, and try to limit your time outdoors for at least one week after treatment.
Booking an Acne Peel in Burlington
If you’re tired of living with chronic acne, contact us online or by phone to book a BHA 20 peel consultation and make acne a thing of the past. The Grace Clinic is conveniently located in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area and serves patients from throughout Ontario.