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Chemical peels can sometimes make existing acne more inflamed before it gets better. In the long-term, however, the peel should help with acne. It is uncommon for chemical peels themselves to cause whiteheads. It is common though for moisturizers such as vaseline, aquaphor or oil-based moisturizers frequently applied after the chemical peel to cause whiteheads or blackheads. Nonetheless, your dermatologist or qualified esthetician should be able to extract these whiteheads gently....
If these are very small white spots then this is a condition called milia. It is not uncommon to have this condition following a chemical peel. A visit to your physician or an aesthetician can be helpful in unroofing the milia. Must be gentle.
Dear Jarvis, Often after a chemical peel, patients are instructed to use a petrolatum product to help drying. These products are comedogenic, meaning they cause acne and whiteheads. The good news is that by stopping the petrolatum, the whiteheads resolve. If you have not been using petrolatum, look at the products you have been advised to use. One of these products may be the reason why you have the acne. This can include any oily products. As soon as the skin is intact following the...