Is it normal to break out after a salicylic acid skin peel?

I have severe acne and I had my first peel two weeks ago and my skin was starting to clear, I then had my second skin peel yesterday and now my acne has gotten worse than it was before.Is this normal??

Doctor Answers 2

Acne breakouts after a salicylic acid peel

Breakouts are not uncommon. I would suggest ematrix for acne breakouts, acne scars, and to modulate acne breakouts. 

Best, 

Dr. Karamanoukian

Los Angeles


Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Up-level your Skincare after a Peel

Peels can cause the acne to flare up and that is why proper post peel skin care is essential.  Speak to your physician about the best treatment options.  Best, Dr. Emer.

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 165 reviews

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