Acne is quite unsightly and painful, and can adversely affect the self-esteem of a person. Even when common products for acne care is not effective, acne chemical peel comes to help in the control, reduction, and elimination of acne. Several varieties of acne chemical peels and procedures are available as part of cosmetic peel treatments for treating acne problems.

Acne Chemical Peel Defined

When the results with contemporary acne medications are not that satisfactory, one can use the peel for a clearer complexion. The procedure of peel includes the application of a chemical solution onto the skin. This leads to the formation of blisters on the skin, which peels off over several days, and in its place, fresh new skin appears.  As the dead cells fall off with the use of acne peel, the acne scars start disappearing. In addition to providing acne treatment, there are other benefits available with acne chemical peel treatments like improving the pigmentation of skin and a smoother skin.

Acne chemical peel treatments are available in three general types. These are the trichloroacetic acid (TCA) peels, alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) or glycolic acid peels, and phenol peels. AHA remains as the gentlest one. The TCA peels are a little stronger, while the strongest of all is the phenol peels. There are advantages and disadvantages to each of the peel. The best results are found in people having surface acne or acne scars. People having very active acne may not find the expected results with the chemical peels. Pregnant women are not recommended for a chemical peel acne treatment.

Treating Deep Acne Scars

Acne scars result from an inflammatory response of the body to acne lesions. Acne scars formed due to acne could be of various types. The affected person has its own facial “topography”. Hence the treatment to be provided must be depending on the individual case.  While a single treatment does not apply to all, an acne chemical peel could come to be the right treatment for deep acne scars. A phenol chemical peel or TCA peel could help in resurfacing the treated skin that would help in removal of the acne scars. One may require more than a single treatment with TCA acne chemical peels. One can also go for laser skin resurfacing as a substitute for deep acne scars.

After-Effects of Acne Skin Peel

It is the kind of chemical peel – TCA, AHA, or phenol – used that determines the degree of recovery required after undergoing acne skin peel treatment. Individuals undergoing the treatment usually experience some temporary side-effects like dryness, redness, and flaking of scaling after an AHA chemical peel, though these are mild and the patient can return to their daily activities soon after the treatment. Opting for TCA acne skin peel has the same kind of side-effects as that of an AHA peel, and in addition, the patient could have swelling that depends on the TCA strength. The patient may require a mild pain medication after undergoing a strong TCA chemical peel, and a temporary crust may form on the treated skin. However, within a week, the discomfort or swelling that occurs after TCA peel subsides, and after a period of 10 days, there is enough healing of the skin for the patient to return to daily activities. After phenol peel, the swelling could be enough to temporarily shut the eyes. Hence, the patient usually requires a two weeks recovery period at home after a phenol peel treatment.


The good thing about chemical peel treatments is that the long-term results are good. AHA peel treatments could be available at medical spas and skin care clinics in Dubai like Wellbeing Clinic. To keep up the good effect, one needs to treat the acne or scars, if they appear later.

In the long run, an individual undergoing TCA peel treatment could expect a smoother skin along with lessening or removal of acne scars. However, one needs more than a single TCA peel to get the required effect. The use of stronger TCA peel could sometimes extend redness to three months. It is important to use abundance of high SPF sunscreen lotion to protect the newly formed skin layers so that hyperpigmentation and blotchiness do not occur. It should be noted that TCA peels treatment could result in unintentional skin color changes, though not as strong as Phenol peel.

After undergoing a treatment of phenol peel, new skin appears within a week, and the initially red skin of the treated area slowly fades to its normal skin color within weeks or months. However, the visual results could remain for many years.

The chemical peel for acne scars treatment is a ‘90s revival of a spotless and flawless complexion that is waiting just beneath the skin surface. Presently these classic treatments are the top choices in a dermatologists’ clinic. These peels can ensure specific skin benefits like a reversal of breakouts and melasma, showing better results compared to other high-tech devices. As the dull surface cells are cast off, the acne, discoloration, fine lines, and many other skin conditions are improved. And the cost is a fraction of other high-tech options.