Chemical Peel

Can A Chemical Peel Treat Acne Scars?

A chemical peel is a cosmetic procedure designed to improve the appearance of the skin by safely removing the top layers to reveal smoother, healthier skin underneath. For individuals bothered by acne scars, chemical peels offer a promising solution. At Medskincare Laser Centre, today we will explore this treatment to answer a popular question, “can a chemical peel treat acne scars?”

How Chemical Peels Work

Chemical peels can be an effective treatment option for individuals looking to diminish the appearance of acne scars and achieve smoother, clearer skin. At Medskincare Laser Centre, we work closely with our clients to determine the most suitable peel strength and treatment plan for your specific skin concerns.

A chemical peel is a highly effective exfoliation technique meticulously designed to penetrate beneath the surface of the skin, promoting regeneration on the face, neck, back, chest and hands. This procedure involves the application of a chemical solution that induces controlled peeling of skin layers.

What Are The Benefits?

Chemical peels offer a range of benefits beyond easing the look of acne scars. By addressing various cosmetic concerns, peels can promote healthier and rejuvenated skin. Here’s how chemical peels work to ease specific concerns:

  • Chemical peels benefit uneven skin tone by exfoliating the skin’s top layer, removing pigmented cells and encouraging the growth of new, evenly pigmented skin. 
  • Peels promote cell turnover and stimulate collagen production, enhancing skin elasticity and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Chemical peels are effective for acne-prone skin by exfoliating the top layer and unclogging pores, preventing them from causing further breakouts. 
  • The exfoliation promotes the renewal of skin cells, contributing to a smoother and clearer complexion over time.
  • Chemical peels reduce sun spots and hyperpigmentation by targeting the excess melanin responsible for dark spots on the outermost layer of skin.
  • By removing impurities and dead cells that contribute to enlarged pores, chemical peels refine skin’s texture and reduce the appearance of pores. 
  • In addition to improving facial skin, chemical peels can improve skin on the chest and back too. 

Easing Acne Scars

Due to the nature of how chemical peels remove damaged layers of skin, they can be beneficial in diminishing the appearance of scars. Essentially, a customized chemical peel for your specific skin tone, skin type and areas of concern can help treat acne scars. 


Chemical peels work by removing the outermost layers of damaged skin cells, including those affected by acne scars. This exfoliation process helps to reveal fresher, more even-toned skin.

Stimulation of Skin Regeneration

By exfoliating the skin, chemical peels stimulate the skin’s natural healing process, prompting the production of new skin cells. This regeneration can help to reduce the appearance of acne scars over time.

Even Skin Tone

Chemical peels target hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone associated with acne scars. By removing the top layer of pigmented skin cells, they can help to fade dark spots and create a more uniform complexion.

Collagen Production

Some chemical peels stimulate collagen production in the deeper layers of the skin. Increased collagen can help to improve skin texture and plump up depressed acne scars, making them less noticeable.

Peels for Deep Acne & Raised Acne

The best chemical peel for acne scars depends on the severity of the scarring, as well as the type of scarring. There are two types of acne scars: atrophic and hypertrophic. Atrophic acne scars are indented or depressed, while hypertrophic acne scars are raised. 

Chemical peels are better at treating atrophic scars than hypertrophic scars, though a professionally administered series of chemical peels can potentially ease both types. Hyperpigmentation, while technically not a form of scarring, is the easiest form of post-acne skin trauma to treat with chemical peels.

For addressing acne and associated scars, superficial chemical peels containing glycolic acid or light trichloroacetic acid (TCA) are highly effective. Glycolic acid, typically at concentrations of 30-50%, and alpha hydroxy acids work by unclogging pores, exfoliating dead skin cells, and promoting skin renewal. These peels help control acne breakouts and improve the appearance of acne scars and hyperpigmentation by revealing newer, clearer skin.

Medium-depth chemical peels, like a modified Jessner peel, often utilize a combination of acids like lactic acid, salicylic acid, and resorcinol in an ethanol solution. The solution removes skin cells from the top layer and the upper dermis, effectively reducing hyperpigmentation, acne scarring, and wrinkles. 

What Is Recovery Like?

Recovery after a chemical peel for acne scars varies depending on the depth and intensity of the peel:

Superficial Peels

For mild peels using glycolic acid or low-concentration TCA, recovery typically involves minimal downtime. Patients may experience redness, flaking and mild irritation, similar to a sunburn, which usually resolves within a few days to a week. Sunscreen and gentle skincare are essential during this time to protect the newly revealed skin.

Medium-depth Peels

After a medium-depth peel like a modified Jessner’s peel, patients may experience more noticeable peeling, redness and sensitivity. Recovery typically takes around 5-7 days, during which time the skin may appear sunburned and feel tight. Patients should avoid sun exposure and follow a specific post-peel skincare regimen to protect healing skin. 

Throughout the recovery process, patients should avoid picking or scratching at the treated area to minimize the risk of scarring and ensure optimal results. Regular follow-up appointments with a provider may be necessary to monitor progress and address any concerns during the healing period.


Do Chemical Peels Cause Acne?

Chemical peels typically don’t cause acne. In fact, they can help improve acne by exfoliating the skin and unclogging pores.

Can Chemical Peels Make Acne Scars Worse? 

Chemical peels can actually improve the appearance of acne scars over time by promoting collagen production and skin regeneration.

What Does A Chemical Peel Involve?

The chemical peel process usually involves cleansing the skin, applying the chemical solution, allowing it to penetrate for a specific time, and then neutralizing and removing it, resulting in smoother, rejuvenated skin.

Why Choose Medskincare Laser Centre for Chemical Peels

Experience the pinnacle of clinical excellence at Medskincare Laser Centre, where we redefine aesthetic care with a comprehensive and tailored approach. Our dedication is to meet and exceed the unique needs of each client, ensuring their desired results are not just achieved but surpassed.

With over 15 years of practice as a family physician and a staunch advocate for women’s health, Dr. Tahir extends her commitment to the cosmetic industry as the Medical Director of Medskincare Laser Centre. Under her leadership, our clinic stands at the forefront of innovation, providing personalized aesthetic solutions that empower individuals to embrace their beauty, health and well-being. Dr. Tahir’s warm and inviting personality creates an atmosphere of instant comfort for her long-standing clients. Begin your journey with us today by scheduling a consultation.



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