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Chemical Peels for Acne Scarring?


I've had issues with my complexion since early adolescence (age 12 ish) and have had enough of spotty skin. Now, at age 20, my face is cleared of acne for the most part aside from the odd blemish here and there from menstrual hormones and stress and such but I am absolutely through with having to look at the scarring and redness my acne left behind. I have tried every cream and serum on the market and nothing clears it completely. Has anyone had any luck with chemical peels or any other procedures like it? Any experiences would be much appreciated ! Thx

Jun 20, 2013 @ 08:54 am

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Avoid the summer sun

Over the counter, I'd try something like HQ by NeoStrata. It uses a gentle peel to help minimize and fade scars. There are also drug store weekend or week peel kits.

Summer is dodgy for this stuff... since any peel thins the skin significantly and you are more susceptible to sun damage... bringing back the marks or even damaging the under layer (mother cells) of the skin.

For the heavy guns, go to good derm. There are medical level glycolic peels, certain types of laser, and other dermabrasion techniques if the scarring is very serious. The decision depends on the types and depth of the scaring... only a pro knows the best route to take. You want to begin with the mildest options suggested by the doctor. It's so tempting to go to one of those 'daily deals' but you will likely not get the proper assessment and care you deserve.

Not a pro... just my opinion. I've been there! Treat yourself well... your face is only yours and you have to live with it for a LONG time

Jun 23, 2013 @ 10:34 am

^ Agree with TashaCat

It's very important to avoid sun damage, so wear a good SPF daily all year round, paying special attention in the summer. Also, like she mentioned, most chemical peels will require you to stay out of the sun for a few weeks both before and after, so maybe wait until the fall to get one done if you think it's the right option for you.

The best thing you can do is book an appointment with either a dermatologist, or find a medical clinic that offers nonsurgical treatments like chemical peels....just make sure it's a credible establishment (ie. if its a hair salon/ nail salon that offers these things, they're probably going to be of low quality).

Depending on how bad your scarring is, they might recommend other options such as fillers or laser resurfacing. If you have really deep pitting scars, a chemical peel won't significantly reduce them. Filler injections (such as hyaluronic acid fillers that people use to make their lips bigger) can be used to individually fill in each scar, making the skin appear smoother. This is a temporary fix though and will need to be maintained.

Laser resurfacing is another option, but it can be quite expensive, and would only be done in the case of really severe skin damage. Basically a laser is used to remove a certain amount of skin from your entire face, and new skin will grow in its place. Since you're so young though I highly doubt this would be an option for you.

Personally, i'd recommend looking for a place that offers a SilkPeel, which I have had done before and loved. It's a quick and relatively cheap procedure ($100-$150), and it's basically advanced microdermabrasion. A diamond tip is used to remove the outermost dead layer of skin cells, which gives you a smoother texture, and special topical creams are applied right after which gives you a nice even skin tone. It takes less than 30 minutes and there's no downtime or side effects, you just have to keep wearing a good face sunscreen afterwards.

Best of luck to you!
Jun 25, 2013 @ 09:59 am

* also...

Also, most of these places carry products that will help you with at-home upkeep. They can get pricey, but they have strong medical ingredients that makes them unsellable in regular stores. I always ask if they can give me a sample to try for a week or so before I actually buy the full-size, because sometimes I find the creams either dry me out or make me too oily.

Jun 25, 2013 @ 10:03 am

Neo Strata

I purchased Neo Strata Glycolic peel, and am very pleased with it. I am always surprised by how dirty the cotton balls seem considering I use it after washing with a good cleanser.
Oct 03, 2013 @ 09:37 pm

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