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Sciton BBL vs Chemical Peel to Refine Pores and Improve Skin Texture?

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Both Sciton BBL and Chemical Peel will give results

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Both intense pulsed light IPL (also known as broad band light BBL) as well as chemical peels refine the pores. Chemical peels work by exfoliating the pores, as well as stimulating collagen. IPL/BBL work by generating heat in the dermis to stimulate collagen and shrink the pores. There are many effective chemical peeling agents: TCA, Jessner, Glycolic, salicylic, lipohydroxy are all good options. Many companies make IPL/BBL: Sciton, Palomar, Lumenis, Ellipse are all good.

The result of these procedures is best when combined with a maintenance program like retinoids. The procedures will need to be repeated every few months or years as we can temporarily alter pore size, but we cannot do it permanently. Best to pick a qualified board certified dermatologist experience in skin issues for best results.


New Orleans Dermatologist
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The Sciton BBL and chemical peels

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The Sciton broadband light is useful for sun-damaged skin, brown spots, blood vessels (telangiectasias) and to a lesser degree, skin texture. Chemical peels are useful for improving skin texture, fine lines, and sun-damaged skin. Neither treatment can actually make pore size smaller, but can help improve the appearance of large pores and your overall compexion.

Hope this helps.

Bryan K. Chen, MD
San Diego Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 reviews

Sciton BBL

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The Sciton BBL has the same technology as the  more commonly known IPL systems. Yes, the BBL can improve the skin texture and pore size a bit, but the Sciton Thermascan laser does it better.  I sometimes combine both technologies to treat the facial skin to give both a better color and texture.

Steven Wallach, MD
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 15 reviews

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