Chemical peels effective for mild to moderate acne – Dermatology Times
Over the last 30 years, the science of chemical peeling has evolved dramatically, improving our understanding of the role of peeling ingredients and their potential to treat acne and acne scarring.
Superficial peels which produce injury limited to the epidermis are effective for mild to moderate acne, says a review of the use of peels by the International Peeling Society (IPS) in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.1 In darker skin types, superficial peels are safe and effective in reducing papule, pustule, and comedone count.
Medium depth peels which produce injury into or through the papillary dermis can be used to treat acne scarring. “Careful patient and peel selection will ensure procedural success with excellent results,” says Kachiu Lee, a dermatologist in Providence, RI and one of the authors of the review.
Novice peelers should start with superficial peels on Fitzpatrick Skin types I and II so that they can get used to the acids, applicator types and techniques with minimal risk of adverse side effects, she advised. “The difference between satisfactory versus excellent results depends on the selection of the proper peeling agents and the understanding of gentle versus aggressive application technique during their use.”
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