San Antonio acne sufferers rejoice – effective treatment is available!
Your skin protects and cushions your organs, and helps maintain body temperature. When it looks smooth and healthy, it enhances your appearance and self-esteem while carrying out those vital functions. However, acne breakouts, the number one complexion problem, can leave you hating your skin. Dr. Vivian Bucay has professional solutions, including chemical peels.
You have pilosebaceous units all over your body, with the exception of your palms, feet, and lower lip. They are most plentiful on your face, chest, and neck. Each unit is comprised of a sebaceous gland, a hair follicle, and a hair. The gland produces sebum, which keeps hair and skin moisturized. During times of hormonal stress (adolescence, pregnancy, and menopause), those glands can produce excess sebum, which then feeds bacteria on the skin. This processes causes release of an enzyme that inflames and obstructs the gland. The result is a pimple – or lots of them.
Exfoliation is your body’s natural process of shedding dead skin cells. This keeps the epidermis (top layer) healthy and looking fresh. Occasionally, cell renewal and exfoliation need a jump-start to restore the skin’s healthy surface and glow. A chemical peel is a carefully controlled means of accelerating exfoliation. It opens pores, refines texture, and reduces pigmentation spots. A chemical peel is an effective means of combating the elements that block sebaceous glands and lead to breakouts. Medical grade chemical peels require experience and training and should be carried out under the supervision of a dermatologist, the medical professional dedicated to skin health and wellness.
Dr. Vivian Bucay starts with a thorough consultation that includes the evaluation and treatment of any underlying causes of acne. She’ll personally analyze your skin type, consider the extent of your acne, learn about your current medical situation, and listen to your concerns. If you both agree that a chemical peel (or a planned series of peels) will benefit your acne condition, she will provide you with instruction and products to prepare your skin for treatment.
The outpatient procedure is performed at Dr. Bucay’s office in San Antonio. Your skin is cleansed to remove every trace of makeup and oil. Then, a precisely prepared solution containing chemical exfoliants such as glycolic acid, salicylic acid, or trichloroacetic, is applied to the skin.
A stinging sensation is normal as these agents go to work, but every precaution is taken to ensure your comfort so that you may relax. Staff monitors your wellbeing and progress throughout the procedure until the peel is neutralized. A calming cream and sunscreen are then applied to protect your skin.
Depending on the depth of the peel, you may experience temporary redness or flaking. Dr. Bucay will provide post-procedure instructions for an optimal outcome.
Pores are opened and sebaceous glands are unblocked as the surface layers slough off.. Acne inflammation recedes and future breakouts are minimized. Your skin looks smooth and refreshed. You’ll see refinement in the discoloration, depressions, and unevenness left by old acne scars, too.
Trust the health of your skin to a qualified cosmetic dermatologist who understands acne and the impact it has on the lives of her patients – Dr. Vivian Bucay.