Thank you for your question Skincaremessiah.
Chemical peels such as TCA are used to enhance the face. The TCA CROSS technique is used for acne scars such as icepick scars. With any treatment there is a risk of hyperpigmentation and the risk is higher with darker skin types. For my patients with darker skin types I recommend a regimen including topical brightening products such as hydroquinone, kojic acid, and vitamin C for several weeks before a treatment to minimize the risk for hyperpigmentation. It can be used after a peel to address hyperpigmentation as well. With fractional laser technology TCA CROSS peels are becoming less common. For my patients with acne scars I recommend fractional CO2 laser treatments as a first line treatment. Please consult with
a doctor for specific recommendations. Good luck!
Hyperpigmentation On Face -- Clear + Brilliant/Viva, Microneelding/PRP, Skin lightening, Aerolase
I find that skin care, peels, more TCA cross with PRP/microneedling all will help. Clear + brilliant or fraxel, viva, or intensif can help as well. Please see a scarring expert. Best, Dr. Emer.
Try a laser
Thanks for the question and the photos. Have you ever seen anyone about getting a fractionated laser for your acne scars? If you have deep ice pick scars, these will really only significantly improve by having them excised. The more superficial scaring may be improved with a fractionated laser. The fractionated laser will help with some of the pigment in the scars as well. Look for someone in the Bay Area with experience treating acne scars with a fractionated laser. I would tell you to come see me, but I don't have one! Best of luck.~Dr. Sieber