Dermatologist provides chemical peels and other treatments for various skin conditions and acne scars

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For some, the teenage years marked the best times of their lives. For others, they are glad those days are behind them. Whether they were triumphant or inglorious, many adults live with the reminders of acne that struck during puberty. Acne scars can be embarrassing and cause people to shy away from photographs. Fortunately, we can treat acne and acne scars with chemical peels and the Fraxel Restore laser at image Dermatology® in Montclair, serving patients in Glen Ridge and the surrounding areas.

Cause of acne scars

Our skin has glands that produce oil to keep it moisturized. The skin becomes irritated when acne-causing bacteria metabolize this oil. This can cause follicles to clog and collect debris. As the body naturally responds to remove this debris, an inflammatory response occurs which can result in a scar. Acne scars are the results of wounds, which healed but left collagen behind.

Treatment for acne scars

Chemical peels can treat acne and acne scars as well as skin discoloration. Dr. Jeanine Downie, founder of image Dermatology®, and our team use chemical peels to treat freckles, rough feeling skin, fine lines around the mouth and under the eyes, and a dull or blotchy complexion. A chemical peel can restore a youthful appearance.

If you wish to have acne treated, we can provide an Alpha Hydroxy Acid peel that can unclog pores and diminish blackheads. Chemical peels can speed up skin exfoliation and induce controlled skin damage, which aids in treating acne scars. We use Skin Medica Vitalize and the Rejuvenize peels to treat moderate to severe skin imperfections such as acne scars. The peels include a combination of lactic acid, salicylic acid and resorcinol, which are ideal for all skin types.

Another treatment available for acne scars is the Fraxel Restore laser. We use the laser to treat skin conditions such as enlarged pores, wrinkles, and fine lines, age spots, sun damage, stretch marks, surgical scars, and hyperpigmentation. The treatment can be ideal for improving acne scars on the entire body including the face, neck, chest, shoulders, back, and arms. We use the Fraxel Restore laser on all skin types. For treatment, we topically numb the area for an hour before the procedure. Depending on the area treated, the procedure can last about 15 to 20 minutes. There is usually little to no downtime after treatment, which is one of the many benefits of the procedure.

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Exploring treatment

Dr. Downie knows firsthand the effectiveness of chemical peels and the Fraxel Restore laser. She uses chemical peels on her skin once a month and has seen the benefits of the Fraxel Restore laser. During a consultation, Dr. Downie will be happy to explore either treatment for your acne scars. She will review your medical history, perform an examination, and ask you about your expectations for treatment. After examining the area of skin you want treated, she will determine which treatment is right for you.

Do you want to bid farewell to your acne scars? If so, we may have the ideal treatment. To explore your options, schedule a consultation with Dr. Downie by calling (973) 509-6900.

Dr. Jeanine Downie is an experienced and popular dermatologist in Montclair. She possesses extensive experience and training in all aspects of dermatology, including cosmetic dermatology and laser surgery. Dr. Downie provides modern and cutting-edge dermatology treatments to everyone in your family in a professional, competent and compassionate manner while ensuring that your individual and unique needs are met. Having received rigorous academic training, she completed her residency in Dermatology at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City and also served as Chief Resident. She continues to upgrade her skills set and share her knowledge through professional affiliations and lecturing assignments on behalf of several renowned medical societies such as The Skin Cancer Foundation and The American Academy of Dermatology, among others. She also frequently interacts with the public through popular television shows such as Good Morning America, The Today Show, and The Dr. Oz Show, to name a few.

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