What’s The Best Chemical Peel For Acne Scars? It Depends

While chemical peels sound like a promising answer to acne scars, they may not be the best answer for the type of scars you have. Research has shown that superficial or light peels may help manage acne, while medium and deep peels may help more in treating moderate acne scars.

The degree to which chemical peels work may also depend on your budget. Light and at-home peels, which are cheaper, are less effective for raised or pitted scars than medium and deep peels.

Alternative treatments for scars

“For patients with depressed scars (craters), treatments such as PicoSure laser or a series of microneedling with PRP [platelet-rich plasma] might be more effective,” Robinson says. “For flat scars that are pigmented, IPL [intense pulsed light] might be a good choice.”

The good news is that you don’t have to stick to one type of treatment

As long as you give your skin time to heal between sessions, you could combine treatments to achieve the skin you want, like peels and microneedling or peels and lasering.

It’ll of course cost more. But when has fast-forwarding healing been cheap?

So, when it comes to alleviating the stress scars may bring, the best thing you can do is set realistic expectations to how your skin heals. No matter how many chemical peels you can afford, your skin needs rest to function at its best.

As you wait, get to know your skin. Touch it (with clean hands!) after cleansing, and learn what it’s like when it feels optimal and when it doesn’t. After all, skin isn’t just about the surface. As cliché as it sounds, a healthy diet counts too, especially with wound healing.


Michelle Konstantinovsky is a San Francisco-based journalist, marketing specialist, ghostwriter, and UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism alumna. She’s written extensively on health, body image, entertainment, lifestyle, design, and tech for outlets like Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, Teen Vogue, O: The Oprah Magazine, and more.

Source : https://www.healthline.com/health/beauty-skin-care/chemical-peel-acne-scars

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