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Light Peel for Acne Led to Outbreak of Pimples

I had a light peel done on my face a couple of...

I had a light peel done on my face a couple of weeks back. My face had just a few pimples (not more than 5) and my doctor suggested that the easiest way to get rid of them was to do a chemical peel. However, after getting it done, I have an outbreak of pimples all over my face especially on my forehead. Now, I have more pimples after the peel than before. I am not sure if I should continue my treatment with the peel as I fear that It would get worse after each session

Is an outbreak of pimples normal after a chemical peel? and if so, how long will it take to heel completely? or should I stop the treatment alltogether and resort to a more natural approach to dealing with my pimples?

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The same thing happened to me after a Jessner's Peel. On days 4 and 5 the peeling started, and I had a full on whitehead goatee in my chin area and really red, painful pimples all over my cheeks and forehead. It's day 6 today, and my skin looks terrible! I'm trying to stay calm. I know it gets worse before it gets better....
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Kristy92202 how long did it take for your face to clear up?
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How long did it take to clear up? My face has been broke out severely for 3-4 days now
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Peels help to remove the outermost layers of skin and dissolve dead skin cells that have accumulated in your pores (BHAs are particularly good for this). However, it takes a few weeks at least for already clogged pores to make their way to the surface and clear out. Give your regimen a chance to do it's job and be patient - it's very common for people starting a peel regimen to break out at first; that's the skin working out all those blocked pores. If pimples are your main concern, concentrate on salicylic acids and do them on a regular basis.
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I bet that happened because you started peeling/drying. Dead skin causes pimples & blockage of the pores. Although your skin might have reacted with an outbreak during the peel, or right after, I am betting that it has cleared up quite a bit since than. Personally, I think you should have gave your skin a breather after the peel instead of having a panic attack and jumping to use another chemical to put on your face. There is a good chance that that in itself caused your face to be more dry and break out more. Try giving it a week of 'nothing' but water and see if there is any improvement.
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The same thing has happened to me. I did glycolic 30% and it made my skin break out so I tried a salicylic 20% and it just made my acne considerably worse! Everywhere I read people say it has helped them and you are the only person who had had the same experience as me. Every cream I use seems to irritate and make the acne worse. I did some research on a good face sunblock. Everyone raved on Shiseido Face SunBlock. I tried it along with Neutrogena 70 face and it just gives me white heads. I'm so upset. It's been about a week since the salicylic peel. I saw you did the peel last month. Did your skin get better and if so, is it even better that before? - Thanks
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Hi Exhibit, What type of peel did you have? Was it TCA, or was it salicylic acid? I have seen dermatologists on RealSelf recommend salicylic peels for acne, but I don't know about tca peels. I think it's also somewhat common for skin to get worse before it gets better when you're going through acne treatment. Light therapies and topical/oral antibiotics are also acne treatments dermatologists have frequently recommended on RealSelf. Good luck!
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