Recently, I have had 2 chemical peels which haven't improved my skin very much. Since having the peels, when my pimples heal they leave pits. Before the peels I had never had a problem with this. I had pimples, but they didn't leave pits after healing. Why would this be? Also, should I be getting chemical peels if I still have active acne?
Chemical Peel for Acne and Pimples
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Chemical peels for acne and pimples
Chemical peels can be an excellent tool to treat acne. It is fine to get a peel when you have active acne. The pits you are seeing are likely the result of the acne, not the peel. It sounds like you need to see a board-certified dermatologist and get on prescription strength medication for your acne.
Yes, chemical peels can help with acne and scarring.
Sal acid is a beta hydroxy acid and can be anti-inflammatory, even 23% sal acid is super safe in darker skin types.
Dr Davin Lim
Dermatologist, laser and cosmetic
Brisbane and Gold Coast
Chemical Peels for Active Acne
With this type of problem, we would strongly recommend coming in for a consultation so a staff member can take a look at your skin. The most important thing is to not pick at the skin as the pimples are drying up, as that can leave scarring. Chemical peels are a great treatment for active acne, and a good product to supplement the chemical peels at home would be Retin-A, which is a nighttime product that aids in cell turn over and exfoliation.
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If you have open lesions I wouldn't do a peel
Chemical peels can help acne especially salicylic acid peels. But one of the most effective treatments for acne is ALA and Vbeam laser treatments. The ALA lotion is put on and is absorbed by the oil glands. The Vbeam laser than helps active the ALA and reduces acne lesions and redness. I often combine this with topical acne medicines for significant improvement.
Chemical Peels are generally helpful.
Generally chemical peel, usually 10 to 15% trichloroacetic acid are helpful. These are mild peels that help open up blocked pores.
You did not indicate who is performing your peels or what strength agent is being used on your skin.
There are an number of proven approaches to helping acne. I recommend that you find a board certified dermatologist in you area with an interest in treating acne. I think you will find a comprehensive approach will make a huge difference.
Chemical Peels for Acne
Chemical peels containing salicylic acid are better for treating acne because they have a better, more specific effect on the oil glands that cause acne pimples. The Obagi® Blue Peel RADIANCE is a new, salicylic acid based peel that we are finding to be quite helpful in controlling acne, along with a good program of effective, prescription-strength acne medications. I recommend you see a dermatologist for an effective treatment plan.
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