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Chemical peeling acne scars, how effective is it?

Chemical peeling acne scars, how effective is it?

Not effective: Chemical peels are temporary and thin the skin. You may need laser care to plump up the skin. The co2 fractionated laser is very helpful with acne scars as well as collagen stimulating lasers. Dermal fillers are also helpful with filling in the deeper marks. A chemical peel can also trigger an acne break out. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Fiala
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Chemical Peel (Definition)

A chemical peel is typically a controlled burn administered with an acid to the surface of the skin. Superficial, medium and deep peels are available with no, 1 week and several weeks of downtime. Peels burn the outer layer of the skin (superficial) or variable amounts of the dermis to increase collagen, elastin, remove dark spots and fine wrinkles and give ...Read more


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Could chemical peel help my acne scars?

Could chemical peel help my acne scars?

Possibly: Deep acne scars 'ice pick' type will probably not improve much, but other 'lighter' scars may benefit some. Overall acne scarsae difficult to treat. ...Read more

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Are chemical peel effective for acne scars?

Are chemical peel effective for acne scars?

Chemical peels: In short, yes. But that all depends on the depth of the scars, and the type/strength of chemical. Very deep scars are sometimes best treated by excising them first, then resurfacing. Extensive scarring may require repeat treatments, but sometimes a co2 laser or dermabrasion (not to be confused with microdermabrasion) is more effective. This depends greatly on the surgeon's skill. ...Read more

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Please tell me what type of chemical peel works best for acne scars?

Please tell me what type of chemical peel works best for acne scars?

Best or safest: The best would be the deep peels and they should only be performed by a trained physician that would be the phenol peel. It would help acne scars not wipe them out but will have downtime
The safer method would be a series of medium peels they have limited downtime and are abet safer these would be the jesner plus tca 35% or even the less potent Vi peel for acne. You will need several ...Read more

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I've been getting chemical peels for acne scars. I got 2 light enzym peels and 1 extra strength enzyme peel. After how many peels will the scars heal?

I've been getting chemical peels for acne scars. I got 2 light enzym peels and 1 extra strength enzyme peel. After how many peels will the scars heal?

Scars aren't removed: By peels. You can do them until the cows come home, and not see much difference other than exfoliation. So that's an expensive alternative that has been marketed to you. Cosmetic lasers that rebuild collagen provide longer lasting results, as scarring is occurring from the damaged collagen fibers that have created crater-like effects from contraction. Treat the cause, not the hype. ...Read more

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Will a chemical peel help with the pitted scars on my face from acne?

Will a chemical peel help with the pitted scars on my face from acne?

A little: Deep acne scars are difficult to completely remove. Chemical peeling will help some, but the best results are with fractional laser skin resurfacing. It usually takes 2-4 treatments depending on how bad the acne scars are, but the improvement gained with laser treatments can be impressive. ...Read more

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For my old acne scars, wondering if a chemical peel would help to lessen it or remove it?

For my old acne scars, wondering if a chemical peel would help to lessen it or remove it?

Sure: It I a great idea. There are all grades of peels. As far as removal it depends on the type and severity of your scars. Ice pick scars are the hardest to deal with and the least helped by peels. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a chemical peel and laser resurfacing? What is better for purple/red acne scars?

What is the difference between a chemical peel and laser resurfacing? What is better for purple/red acne scars?

Peel versus laser: Chemical peels use an acid to chemically damage the outer layers of the skin. Lasers also damage the skin using light energy, there is a new laser that emits a pattern of laser energy in the skin, it can be done with numbing cream on the face. Purple /red scars are still active and a probably are best treated with steeroids. ...Read more

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If I get a chemical peel for my back and arms for acne scars will it make them go away or just lighten up if I do 4 tretmeants with a light peel?

If I get a chemical peel for my back and arms for acne scars will it make them go away or just lighten up if I do 4 tretmeants with a light peel?

Chemical peel acne: Generally, chemical peels treat active acne or acne prone skin. Salicylic acid peels are very effective. While the peels may help pigmentation and redness, they are often not very helpful for deep scars. Dermabrasion remains the gold standard. ...Read more

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Acne on my butt. Tiny bumps/painful hard acne. Possible treatment for the acne/scars? Dark scars, craters and new skin formation. Laser/chemical peel?

Acne on my butt. Tiny bumps/painful hard acne. Possible treatment for the acne/scars? Dark scars, craters and new skin formation. Laser/chemical peel?

Infection: Check with your private dermatologist. This sound like recurrence of small glutral abscesses leaving hard painful scars- or in fact, ongoing abscess formation. Must be visualized for diagnosis. ...Read more

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Is skin resurfacing always done with chemical peels? I want to have my skin resurfaced to help get rid of my acne scars and sun spots, but I feel like a chemical peel might be too harsh on my sensitive skin. Are there any other skin resurfacing options th

Is skin resurfacing always done with chemical peels? I want to have my skin resurfaced to help get rid of my acne scars and sun spots, but I feel like a chemical peel might be too harsh on my sensitive skin. Are there any other skin resurfacing options th

Chemical peels,: Laser resurfacing, and dermabrasion are all methods of removing a portion of the skin surface that stimulates healing, and development of collagen and elastic fibers (along with a new skin surface) that reduces (but does not remove) scars. If your skin is sensitive, the treatments designed to reduce acne scarring will need to be less severe (and will be less effective). Laser may be most precise. ...Read more

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Is skin resurfacing always done with chemical peels? I want to have my skin resurfaced to help get rid of my acne scars and sun spots, but I feel like a chemical peel might be too harsh on my sensitive skin. Are there any other skin resurfacing options th

Is skin resurfacing always done with chemical peels? I want to have my skin resurfaced to help get rid of my acne scars and sun spots, but I feel like a chemical peel might be too harsh on my sensitive skin. Are there any other skin resurfacing options th

There: There are a few options when it comes to skin resurfacing for acne scar and pigmentation issues.

Chemical peels and lasers are two options. Another option that works well for treating just portions of the face is dermabrasion. This produces more of a physical sanding of the skin.

The idea with all 3 procedures is to remove the outer layer of skin cells. New skin then regrows into the area to create a smoother, more even pigmentation. ...Read more

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Is skin resurfacing always done with chemical peels? I want to have my skin resurfaced to help get rid of my acne scars and sun spots, but I feel like a chemical peel might be too harsh on my sensitive skin. Are there any other skin resurfacing options th

Is skin resurfacing always done with chemical peels? I want to have my skin resurfaced to help get rid of my acne scars and sun spots, but I feel like a chemical peel might be too harsh on my sensitive skin. Are there any other skin resurfacing options th

Not always: Skin resurfacing is performed by a variety of techniques - chemical peels are only one option. Other options include dermabrasion and laser resurfacing (done with a variety of lasers depending upon degree of scarring). The best option for you would depend upon the how deep your acne scars are and how extensive your "sun spots" are. ...Read more

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If I did chemical peeling for my skin, will the acne scars go away?

If I did chemical peeling for my skin, will the acne scars go away?

Laser resurfacing: Acne scars may improve with chemical peels done by physicians much more so than the otc (over the counter) peels. Laser peels are probably more effective. Fractionated laser resurfacing combined with the microlaserpeel will produce even more impressive longterm results. ...Read more

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Have acne scars, underwent chemical peeling. Now, thinking to join gym. Is there any ill effects of gym (eg. Sweat) to scars? Will my scars get deep?

Have acne scars, underwent chemical peeling. Now, thinking to join gym. Is there any ill effects of gym (eg. Sweat) to scars? Will my scars get deep?

Post chemical peel: It is important to know the type of peel, # days since the peel, and if was it a deep, medium, or superficial chemical peel. If peel was recent, sweat could irritate the skin. Use a towel or headband to reduce contact w/ sweat and wash face immediately after. With post peel complications: scarring is more common w/ deeper peels, and hyper-pigmentation is more common in dark skinned individuals. ...Read more

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Help please! Is chemical peeling product or raser is good for get rid of acne scars?

Help please! Is chemical peeling product or raser is good for get rid of acne scars?

Laser is better: Laser resurfacing is better to improve acne scarring. I recommend the fraxel laser. Four treatments are usually required, but the results will be significantly better that with chemical peeling. The fraxel works well for acne scarring, as well as fine lines and wrinkles and photoaging. Fraxel can be used on most skin types, and all over the face and body. The fraxel laser is fda approved. ...Read more

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Which is a more effective treatment for acne scars: chemical peeling or laser skin resurfacing?

Which is a more effective treatment for acne scars: chemical peeling or laser skin resurfacing?

Laser resurfacing: Laser is more effective overall. By using different lasers and laser techniques the depth of surface removed can be finely controlled for optimal response and result. No method is 100% successful. ...Read more

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Do chemical peels work on acne scars?

Do chemical peels work on acne scars?

No: Chemical peels are not strong enough to do anything about scars and most benefits from peels are temporary. There are many types of peels but they are a caustic way of treating hyperpigmantation on a temporary basis. They can also help with acne to dry it up temporarily. Strong peels require downtime. ...Read more

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What acne product is equal to chemical peel?

None.: While salicylic acid soaps or lotions and Retin-A cream will cause a certain amount of skin peeling, no topical product will cause the same amount of peeling as a chemical peel. And that is as it should be, because chemical peels should only be done by qualified, experienced people who will monitor carefully to be sure that no harm is done. ...Read more

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After you get a chemical peel is the acne supposed to get worse?

After you get a chemical peel is the acne supposed to get worse?

Maybe: Although salicylic acid peels have been a gold standard peel fro acne on occasion after the peel you can have a sudden but temporary flare up of your acne.
This also goes for laser treatments, birth control pills and other agents when treating acne ...Read more

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I just got a chemical peel and initially it cleared me up completely but now my acne is twice as bad. Is this normal?

I just got a chemical peel and initially it cleared me up completely but now my acne is twice as bad. Is this normal?

It can be: All burns (sunburn, chemical peels, or tanning beds) cause inflamation which causes acne. Stress (emotional or physiological) as well as lack of sleep and hormones can all cause acne. Sweat is also a trigger. Since peels also thin the skin as you age, you may want to consider a better approach to skin care to include lasers and medication. ...Read more

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How long does it take for acne red marks to fade after having a chemical peel?

How long does it take for acne red marks to fade after having a chemical peel?

Fade acne red marks: Acne red marks may take several weeks to fade. Follow your specialists post peel skin care plan and use a spf 30 sunscreen daily. Once you are healed from your peel, follow your recommended acne control regimen. Persistent redness may be improved with an ipl (intense pulsed light) treatment or more. ...Read more

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Hate looking at myself with acne. Does anyone know if an at home chemical peel would work?

Hate looking at myself with acne. Does anyone know if an at home chemical peel would work?

See an expert: Chemical peels can be tricky. Best to see a paramedical aesthetician, who can use their experience to help you select the best peel for your skin type, and help you through it with a minimum of problems or complications. ...Read more

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I have these bumps that kinda look like acne, but they have been there a year--came after a chemical peel. Possibilities?

I have these bumps that kinda look like acne, but they have been there a year--came after a chemical peel. Possibilities?

Could be milia...: Without examining you, it is difficult to say what it is you are describing. It may be milia. Milia are harmless, small white bumps or cysts that show up on typically on the face. They occur when flakes of skin get trapped near the surface of the skin. Often seen in newborns, they often resolve spontaneously. Persistent milia can be shelled out by a medical aesthetician, cosmetic surgeon or derm. ...Read more

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Would chemical peel be best for getting rid of acne scaring?

Would chemical peel be best for getting rid of acne scaring?

Resurfacing: Skin resurfacing by a chemical peel, laser peel, or dermabrasion will be the only ways to improve on severe acne scaring. Of all of them I prefer dermabrasion for acne scaring because you can "shave" the top of the skin (mountains) more efficiently while leaving the scar tissue (valleys) untouched. This way the difference between the valleys and the mountains is decreased. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I got a medium chemical peel on 9/20 for active acne & scaring. Today my skin is flakey & has TONS of tiny white heads. Normal for the 1st time?

I got a medium chemical peel on 9/20 for active acne & scaring. Today my skin is flakey & has TONS of tiny white heads. Normal for the 1st time?

See a derm?: Have not heard of that being used for acne, sounds like it would cause more scarring. I suggest you see a dermatologist for advice, this does NOT appear to be the right treatment for severe acne! ...Read more

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I've been dealing w really bad acne for about 2mo now. I wash 2x/day & exfoliate every 2-3. Seeing no changes at all. Is a chemical peel a good idea?

I've been dealing w really bad acne for about 2mo now. I wash 2x/day & exfoliate every 2-3. Seeing no changes at all. Is a chemical peel a good idea?

Avoid: Excessive washing. See your Physician or PCP. Sometimes combination oral antibiotics and topical medication Benzoyl peroxides could be effective ...Read more

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Best to have facial or chemical peel for skin with pimples and acne?

Treat acne first: Chemical peels are helpful for getting rid of scarring after acne has been properly treated. Otherwise you'll just continue to have acne, and you're back where you started. So see a dermatologist, get your acne under good control, then talk to him or her about chemical peels or other options, such as laser dermabrasion. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Press
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Scarring (Definition)

A scar is the result of the body healing. It is the end product of a long cascade of signals and cellular repair that takes approximately a year to complete, and a lifetime to maintain. It is a normal process that occurs whenever ...Read more


Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

A very common skin condition that starts as a blockage of the sebaceous glands followed by inflammation. It occurs in areas where there are lots of sebaceous glands, such as the ...Read more