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Posted by: Denise | 2010/03/30

Chemical Peel

Hello there,
Thanks for the helpful advice. I really do enjoy reading all the questions and responses.

Please advise how effective chemical peels are for acne scarring - that is not too severe but bothers me? also what needs to be done after the peel? ie stay out of the sun, use any specific products?
Thanks again.

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Hi Denise, thank you for the question.

Superficial chemical peels are only indicated for very mild depth acne scarring while a more noticeable moderate to severe depth acne scarring is better treated using a 20% TCA peel.

With superficial peels one needs to use a good SPF (50 or higher) and it must contain zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide.
With 20% TCA peels one needs to stay out of the sun until heeling has taken place (10 to 14 days) and a good SPF (as above) needs to be continued. A specific post TCA peel gel would need to be applied (to provide a barrier and moisturization) but this differs between the different manufactures. One may be swollen and you may not be able to go to work for 3 to 5 days after a 20% TCA peel.

My advice would be to consider some form of fractional skin resurfacing as generally speaking the downtime is minimum and very little or no swelling will be noticed.

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Posted by: anti-ageing expert | 2010/03/31

Hi Denise, thank you for the question.

Superficial chemical peels are only indicated for very mild depth acne scarring while a more noticeable moderate to severe depth acne scarring is better treated using a 20% TCA peel.

With superficial peels one needs to use a good SPF (50 or higher) and it must contain zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide.
With 20% TCA peels one needs to stay out of the sun until heeling has taken place (10 to 14 days) and a good SPF (as above) needs to be continued. A specific post TCA peel gel would need to be applied (to provide a barrier and moisturization) but this differs between the different manufactures. One may be swollen and you may not be able to go to work for 3 to 5 days after a 20% TCA peel.

My advice would be to consider some form of fractional skin resurfacing as generally speaking the downtime is minimum and very little or no swelling will be noticed.

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