The marks that are a red/brown color were left by cysts. Would a TCA chemical peel have any effect on them?
Can a TCA Chemical Peel Treat Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH)?
Doctor Answers (3)
Treating Pigmentation and acne scars with TCA peel
Yes, a TCA peel will improve post inflammatory hyperpigmentation in combination with a sound topical skin care regimen.
I also recommend a Melapeel for my patients to improve PIH.
Along with topical regimen, the Peels should help
The tried and true TCA-Jessner's peel is an excellent strategy to combat post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH). It absolutely must be done in concert with a topical regimen including Hydroquinone and Retin-A. Typically, a series of lighter concentration peels (10-15%) are employed in series to treat PIH. A commitment to meticulous sun protection is required throughout this regimen for both success and safety.
Yes, TCA peels would help
TCA chemical peels really help with post inflammatory hyperpigmentation such as acne marks. If your skin is more asian or black then a few light TCA peels 10-15% every 2-3 weeks do good. I like to use a bleaching cream with it as well such as Tri-Luma to help prevent any unexpected pigmentation problems and of course a sunscreen as well.
The TCA peels run about $250 each for the face. You can also do spot treatments instead of the whole face which are less expensive.