on 27 Apr 2006
Why would I want to treat my acne scars with a chemical peel if the risk from a chemical peel is scarring?
Does that make sense? Maybe the risk is really low.
Chemical peels are classified into 3 different strengths: Superficial, medium-depth and deep peel. An example of a superficial peel is a glycolic, AHA peel or BHA peel. These peels are said to be effective at lightening acne scars. You should plan on having about 6 superficial peels to be equal in strength to one medium depth peel. A medium depth peel such as the Obagi Blue peel or a TCA peel will give you more pronounced results and deeper peeling. Phenol peels are the deepest and often done under sedation. A phenol peel will remove wrinkles and acne scars but will also remove all signs of pigment in your skin.
Perhaps you should start with a milder peel and see the results before moving on to a stronger medium-depth peel. A superficial chemical peel should not cause scaring, unless you pick at the skin that is peeling off your face. It is imperative that you let your skin heal and do not speed the process of peeling by picking.
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