Of all the Blackhead Treatment methods that are available, an AHA or TCA chemical peel is one that is growing in popularity. This involves using a chemical solution to remove the damaged outer layers of the skin and smooth out its texture. As well as treating blackheads, it may help those who have other types of blemishes, fine lines and wrinkles, and uneven pigmentation.
There are many different types of peel that are carried out by dermatologists and other qualified professionals. An AHA chemical peel (alphahydroxy acid peel) is a light peel and uses lactic, fruit or glycolic acids to create skin that is smoother in texture and brighter in appearance. Depending on the condition of the skin, several light peels may be recommended by the dermatologist to achieve optimal results. The professional may also suggest that an alphahydroxy acid is added to the client’s regular facial wash or moisturizer as an ongoing part of her normal skin care routine.
A TCA chemical peel is a medium peel (trichloroacetic acid peel) and is recommended for those with more severe skin problems; again, several peels may be required over a few months for the best possible outcome. The strongest is the phenol peel, and this is restricted to those who have deep-set wrinkles, large patches of damaged skin or pre-cancerous growths. Phenol peels are not suitable for everybody and a thorough examination is carried out before this course of action is taken.
If the primary objective in having a peel is to get rid of blackheads, a light AHA peel or medium TCA peel is the most suitable type. Even light peels, however, come with risks. There is always a chance of infection and scarring, albeit a small one. Common side effects include irritation, a stinging sensation and redness. These are normally temporary and should not cause more than slight discomfort.
If someone is prone to blackheads and no other Blackhead Treatment has worked, a TCA chemical peel may be the best choice and be extremely effective, as it removes dead skin cells.
By Alison Graham