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Ive 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?

Ive 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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How do chemical peels for acne work?

How do chemical peels for acne work?

Many different types: Salicylic acid, peels, are one of the most common and may cause temporary stinging or burning. Over the next several days you may experience dry flaky skin which will benefit from gentle exfoliation with a non-comedogenic moisturizer. ...Read more

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Good idea to use chemical peels for acne red marks?

Acne scars difficult: Early acne scars as with pigment changes may show improvement spontaneously or with various treatments such including chemical peels and laser treatments. When the scarring is chronic with fibrosis and contour changes treatment is much more difficult, but typically involves a combination of resurfacing procedures such as dermabrasion or ablative laser, injectable fillers and surgical excision. ...Read more

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My dermetologist has suggested me chemical peeling,i suffered from acne. Do chemical peels work?

My dermetologist has suggested me chemical peeling,i suffered from acne. Do chemical peels work?

Possibly: Depending on the form of acne that you have. If it is comedogenic, it responds well. If you have mild acne scars they also tend to respond well to certain chemical peels. ...Read more

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Can chemical peels help reduce acne scaring?

Can chemical peels help reduce acne scaring?

Possibly but more >1: Chemical peels may be erformed using different substances with varying potency to provide some improvement in the appearance of these scars. Many treatments may be required for maximal improvement. ...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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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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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?

Not really: Acne scars are usually too deep for chemical peels to have much effect. They are better treated with fraxel lasers or dermabrasion. For isolated scars, surgical revision or fillers may be appropriate. ...Read more

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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

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Do chemical peels reduce scars like acne scars?

Do chemical peels reduce scars like acne scars?

Some peels do: Yes, some peels do reduce acne scars. It depends on the type and depth of the scar and which agents are used. You need to see a dermatologist who specializes in chemical peeling. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my dermetologist has suggested me chemical peeling,i suffered from acne.?

What do you suggest if my dermetologist has suggested me chemical peeling,i suffered from acne.?

Chemical Peel: You made and appointment and consulted a dermatologist who recommended a chemical peel. We have not examined you or even seen pictures of your skin, we don't know if you are trying to improve scars, pigmentation of actual hyperkeratosis. We also don't know your age or gender or any medical information about you. So, how can we help you second guess your dermatologist? ...Read more

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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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Will chemicals peels improve my acne-pitted skin?

Will chemicals peels improve my acne-pitted skin?

Depends: Acne pitting must be treated with deep peels or lasers. Superficial peels will not work b/c they do not penetrate deep enough. I usually recommend the pixel laser for this. Fillers can also help plump out the acne marks and subcisions can help pull the skin together to make the marks look less. ...Read more

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Do chemical peels get rid of light acne indentations (rolling scars) and hipper pigmentation? If so which one/s at which %?

Do chemical peels get rid of light acne indentations (rolling scars) and hipper pigmentation? If so which one/s at which %?

Depends on the peel: Skin contour irregularities likely will require resurfacing. Treatments may include heavier peeling agents such as tca exceeding 35% or even phenol peels which can be more effective still. Treatments should be administered by a specialist familiar with these acids and their strengths. Dermabrasion should not be ruled out as an alternative. Individual skin pigmentation also needs consideration too! ...Read more

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Can you tell me if there are any side effects to using chemical peels on your face for acne scars?

Can you tell me if there are any side effects to using chemical peels on your face for acne scars?

Chemical Peels: Side effects of chemical peels can include sunlight sensitivity for a few weeks, burning, peeling (not really a side effect, since that's the goal of the treatment), redness, itching, and deactivation of a cold sore outbreak. ...Read more

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