Can Chemical Peel Get Rid of Acne and Deep Craters?

can it get rid of acne and acne scars once and for all?

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Chemical peels are useful for helping people with acne scarring. If done in a series (about one a week for a period of 5 weeks) they can produce significant results. However, if the acne is not treated properly and comes back then the scarring will continue to happen. Generally, it is recommended to continue doing series of chemical peels to keep the acne/and scarring from coming back. Once done with a series it would be best to continue getting chemical peels 1-2 times every month or as needed to keep a a consistent result.


Also you can follow a strict regime to keep the acne under control. You can use at home Glycolic peels and Retinols to help with ance. These treatments can cause sensitivity so it can be a process.

There are also many other options for acne scarring such as CO2 Laser and Fat graphing.


Hope this helps!


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Bellevue Facial Plastic Surgeon

Best Treatment for Acne Scars

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Chemical peels erase fine lines and give the skin a smoother appearance. Although a chemical peel could improve the appearance of acne and acne scars, I would suggest Fraxel as a more beneficial treatment. This treatment eliminates irregular skin discoloration, and stimulates new collagen production, tightening the skin without prolonged recovery. Fraxel is outstanding for fine wrinkles, mild skin laxity, irregular pigmentation, acne scars, surgical scars, enlarged pores, stretch marks, age spots and Rosacea. It can be used safely on the face, neck, hands, arms, and chest.

Chemical Peeling and Acne

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Chemical peeling can improve acne (which also prevents acne scarring) if done correctly with the right type of peels for a given skin type.  Typically it takes a series of peels (one every few weeks for 4 to 6 treatments) to improve acne and discoloration from acne.  Improving acne scarring such as craters is difficult with chemical peeling and typically requires other procedures such as filler, electrosurgery (electrodessication) or punch excision.  The link below takes you to a photo gallery of before and after photos of acne scars treated with filler and electrosurgery. 

Channing R. Barnett, MD
Boca Raton Dermatologist
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Chemical Peel Get Rid of Acne and Deep Craters

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Peels can be an important part in both acne control and treatment of acne scars; however, it is often best to combine them with other treatments.

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
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