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Doctor insights on: Chemical Peels For Acne Scars

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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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Dr. M. Christine Lee
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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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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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Can dermabrasion work for acne scars?

Can dermabrasion work for acne scars?

Yes but not the best: Dear abrasion can certainly work but there are more precise means. My favorite is a combination of a fractionated(not co2) erbium laser for full thickness treatment combined with a full coverage superficial erbium treatment. ...Read more

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Is microdermabrasion effective for acne and acne scars?

Is microdermabrasion effective for acne and acne scars?

Yes & No: There are two types of acne scars. Craters and ice-pick. The ice-pick scar has sharp borders whereas the crater has smoother borders. Ice-pick variety of scars have to be excised and can be done quite easily with small punch biopsies. The crater variety can be helped with multiple sessions of microdermabrasion. ...Read more

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Laser skin resurfacing--reimbursed if acne scars?

Laser skin resurfacing--reimbursed if acne scars?

Usually not: Insurance typically will help with the management and control of acne infections, but do not often pay for the care of the scarring that results. ...Read more

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Is micro-dermabrasion effective for acne and acne scarring?

Is micro-dermabrasion effective for acne and acne scarring?

Usually not: Micro-dermabrasion is best suited for removal of dead cells from the skin surface. Does not go deep enough to effectively reduce the depth of scarring or produce an adequate reaction under the skin to help smooth the base. ...Read more

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Which is better for acne atrophic scars: fraxel laser or dermabrasion?

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The: The outcome from fraxel treatment is usually much more pronounced and more controlled than dermabrasion and microdermabrsion will not have much effect on the deeper layers of the skin. ...Read more

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Will glycolic peels work for hyperpigmentation caused by acne?

Will glycolic peels work for hyperpigmentation caused by acne?

Chemical peels work: Chemical peels, including glycolic acid, can be effective in treating the hyperpigmentation from acne. Depending on your skin tone, laser and ipl (intense pulsed light) are effective as well. However it's important that your acne breakouts are under control, otherwise you'll be chasing the problem. ...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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How effective are chemical peels for lines, scars etc?

How effective are chemical peels for lines, scars etc?

Peel for lines &...: Chemical peels can be beneficial to improve the look of fine facial lines and soft wrinkling as well as mild acne scarring. A series of treatments are typically needed for best results. It is always best to meet with, and discuss your concerns, amount of correction you wish and how much downtime you are willing to tolerate, with your cosmetic surgeon. Best options for you can be outlined. ...Read more

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Will microdermabrasion, dermabrasion or exfoliation help remove acne scars?

Will microdermabrasion, dermabrasion or exfoliation help remove acne scars?

Dermabrasion - Yes: Dermabrasion, medium/ deep chemical peels and laser resurfacing can help acne scars. The amount of benefit depends on the aggressiveness of the treatment and severity of scarring. Often, multiple treatments are required. Microderm and exfoliation will not help. I hope this information is helpful. Stephen weber, M.D. Lone tree facial plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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Can tretinoin used for acne scars and marks?

Can tretinoin used for acne scars and marks?

Not for scars: I'm glad to see that your acne is finally being treated appropriately and am sorry you ended up with scars because of treatment delay. When your acne self-cures, as it will eventually, if you want the scars less visible then a dermatologist or plastic surgeon can use fillers, microsurgery, or a laser. Thanks for writing. ...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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Can Mederma work for chemical burn scars?

Can Mederma work for chemical burn scars?

Better to go with: Silicone sheeting and a custom fitted pressure mask. There's lots of research in the burn literature to show this is an effective method for reducing scar thickness and improving the appearance. Mederma - not so much... ...Read more

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Does laser scar removal for acne scars work well?

Yes: Both fractionated carbon dioxide and erbium lasers offer significant improvement for scars. The erbium offers faster healing time of 3-4 days and is appropriate for recent or old scars as well as surgical scars. ...Read more

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Could the co2 fractional laser resurfacing really work for acne scars?

Could the co2 fractional laser resurfacing really work for acne scars?

Yes: Fractional lasers can do a nice job of improving acne scars. I generally treat bad acne scars with a combination treatment, including laser, PRP and sometimes subcision (for the deep ice picks) or fillers/fat transfer. For scarring that is not so severe I will generally start with a course of Laser Genesis (about 5-6 treatments). ...Read more

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