Chemical Peels For Acne Scars

Chemical Peels For Acne Scars


Acne scars are no one’s best friend. If you have acne scars more than likely you have tried different ways to get rid of them, whether it be by lime juice, baking soda and other home remedies or even invasive methods such as surgical treatments. You may have realized that the home remedies lighten the scar not get rid of it and that surgery may leave a smaller scar, but a scar none the less. Here’s a suggestion, chemical peels.

Originally chemical peels where only used for skin rejuvenation and not acne scar removal/repair. Chemical peels are not invasive in any way, they are applied to the visible layer of the skin only- this is where the treatment takes place. Chemical peels were later designed to treat conditions such as hyperpigmentation, wrinkling and acne scars. This was done by the addition of potent chemicals into the chemical peels. Chemical peels do not affect the skin underlying the acne scar. This is why it is called Superficial Chemical Treatment.

The ultimate aim of chemical peeling is to get rid of the outermost layer of the skin by way of scrapping it off. This is achieved by the process of exfoliation. Exfoliation removes the older dead skin cells and allows new skin cells to multiply very easily, therefore causing the skin to have an even texture. Chemical Peel also helps to lighten the pigmentation caused by acne scars.


There are various types of Chemical Peels that you can explore:

  • Obagi Blue Peel was developed by Dr. Z. Obagi. This blue peel is a chemical peel used to treat blemishes, scars, facial lines, acne and uneven pigmentation. It is the latest, among chemical peels aimed at Acne Scars. Other chemical peels recommended for acne scars include Beta Hydroxy Acid peels.
  • Glycolic Peels. These peels were actually made from sugar cane and are virtually downtime-free skin treatments. The downside to glycolic peels is that they may come with mild redness or irritation. Glycolicacid chemical peels are the perfect peels for people who have bad case of excessive sebum, and these treatments may rejuvenate the skin without much downtime. Glycolic peels are also a type of Fruit Acid Peels that are considered the safest. This category also includes Lactic Acid Peels.
  • Phenol Peels is one of the best solutions for severely sun damaged skin, coarse wrinkles, scars, and even pre-cancerous growths. Phenol peels are not suggested if you have selected areas to treat as it is most effective for the full face. The reason for this is that it contains carbolic acid for the treatment of the skin.
  • Trichloroacetic acid(TCA) is mainly recommended for persons with darker skin. It is also the main peeling agent used for mediumpeels. However, the peel may also be done in several steps by using a different chemical solution and then the TCA. A second degree burn can be caused on the skin by deep peels and as such TCA peels are only used on the face.