The laser carbon peel is a fast and painless procedure done to help improve the look of skin.
It’s used primarily by people with oily skin, acne, and enlarged or clogged pores. This treatment is also beneficial if you’re starting to see the effects of sun damage to your skin.
Procedure for a laser carbon peel:
The laser carbon peel is a multi-part process that takes around 30 minutes from start to finish. For this reason, it is sometimes referred to as a lunchtime peel.
Acnes are normally treated with topical medications like:
- Your doctor will spread a layer of liquid carbon onto your face. The carbon absorbs oil, dirt, and dead skin cells from deep within the pores.
- You’ll wait for about 10 minutes for the liquid carbon to dry.
- After the carbon has dried, your doctor will give you eye shields to protect your eyes from the laser.
- Your doctor will pass a laser over the skin in a low-energy setting. This heats up the carbon, binding it to the epidermis.
- If you have very sensitive skin or dark patches like melasma, your doctor may recommend skipping the heating step. The laser also heats up subdermal tissue, boosting collagen and plumping up fine lines.
- In a higher-energy setting, the laser will be used to fragment the liquid carbon into tiny particles.
- A smoke evaporator attached to the laser will remove the carbon as well as the debris and impurities it contains.
- Your doctor may also apply a hydrating moisturizer and sunscreen to your skin after treatment.
Benefits of a laser carbon peel:
Laser carbon peels deeply exfoliate skin. They also help stimulate collagen production.
Laser carbon peels are used to treat:
- Acne pigmentation
- Acne scarring
- Enlarged and clogged pores
- Fine lines and wrinkles
Chemical peels also treat these skin conditions, but here are some of the main differences between the two:
- Laser carbon peels use heat instead of chemicals for results.
- Laser carbon peels require no down time.
- People with sensitive skin or skin conditions like eczema will usually experience less redness and irritation after a carbon peel than from a chemical peel.