Facial peel reduces acne scarring, sun damage | Halo Med Spa Northfield IL

Case Study: How One Client Got Her Wish to Wear Less Makeup

When you think of acne, you usually think of it being a uniquely teenage problem. And that once the breakouts are gone, you’re clear forever.

But for some individuals, acne can linger around for years and lead to hyperpigmentation, in which patches of skin become darker in color than the surrounding skin. “When acne happens to teenagers, it’s not just the acne," Dr. Banerjee says. "Down the road, they get scarring and change of color issues. That's how they heal."

Such is the case for Keeley K. of Vernon Hills. She came to Halo to address hyperpigmentation and acne scars from sun exposure and years of pitting on her face. "I was looking for for a solution to help fade those marks so that I could wear less makeup," she says.

Fading Dark Marks—Finally

Keeley consulted with Dr. B, who chose to begin her individualized treatment plan with a series of medical-grade, medium-depth peels from SkinCeuticals. Dr. B chose them because they're botanical based and are ideal for sensitive skin and Keeley's skin tone.

"This peel, especially when done in series, restores a glow and evens out the pigment by pulling out years of UV damage," Dr. B says. "And because of how deep it goes, it induces some degree of new collagen formation. This leads to tightening and reduction in fine lines. This is not a substitute for plastic surgery but it does help tighten and takes off years of aging that shows up on the face."

To her delight, Keeley noticed an immediate difference after her first peel. “Right after the first treatment, the results were noticeable,” she says. “My skin was smoother. And I could tell that with each treatment, the brown spots were getting lighter. My makeup goes on nicer, since the skin’s smoother. And I don’t have to wear as much concealer because the brown spots are getting lighter.”

She also shares that the treatment isn’t as bad as people might fear. “The peeling does happen, but it’s not bad," she says. "You can go out into public and not look like a snake.”

What's Next?

As of her third peel, Keeley's forehead and cheeks had cleared up about 60 percent. Once she finishes the series of peels, she plans to do laser treatments to really get down into the skin and get rid of the scarring completely. 

Combing multiple treatments for optimum results is part of Dr. B's specialty. "The majority of our patients do multiple treatments because they know when we work on different layers, you get a better impact and longer-lasting results," Dr. B says. 

Working on different layers and using multiple treatments means higher quality results that last longer, which also saves our clients money in the long run.

About Our Acne Scar Treatments

What Treatments Do You Use for Acne Scars?

If you’re like Keeley and want to get minimize or eliminate your acne scarring, we invite you to begin with a free in-depth skin analysis and consultation with Dr. B. 

For the treatment, we typically use a combination of laser and topical products to shut acne down and manage future outbreaks. Once the active acne is under control, we can treat the pitted scars left behind.

Our Sciton ProFractional resurfacing technology produces outstanding results in as little as three treatments. This affordable technology has revolutionized acne scarring treatments. In the past, CO2 resurfacing was painful and expensive, and the recovery time often took weeks. Now, with fractional resurfacing, down time and pain are minimized. Recovery time with this procedure is just days, not weeks. With these innovative Halo Medicine techniques, you can help reduce acne scars and restore radiant skin.

We can also treat acne scars with dermal fillers. The fillers smooth the pock and pitted marks left behind by severe acne. 

How Do They Work?

Our ThermaScan acne therapy device is able to destroy bacteria deep in the tissue by using an infrared laser wavelength specifically chosen to treat the acne where it starts—those sensitive sebaceous glands. The laser gently heats up the upper layers of your skin. The heat absorbed by the sebaceous glands reduces oil production and kills acne-causing bacteria, thereby reducing the number of active and potential acne breakouts. ThermaScan acne therapy is safe and effective on all skin types and tones.

Using a combination of ThermaScan, ProFractional laser resurfacing and routine aesthetic service treatments, we’re able to achieve dramatic results with acne and acne scaring.

What Do Acne Treatments Feel Like?

During your ThermaScan acne treatment, you should experience very little discomfort. Many clients report feeling a warming of the skin or a sensation that feels like a tiny rubber band snap. This varies from patient to patient however, and depends on the depth of the skin treatment. We can use a topical anesthetic cream on extra-sensitive areas, if you wish. During the treatment, your eyes will be protected from the laser light with safety shields. Your procedure will generally last between 15 and 30 minutes depending on the size of the area to be treated and the type and depth of the procedure performed.

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