Chemical Peel Treatment for Acne Scarring
Chemical peels work by removing the outer layer of skin and revealing a newer layer of skin underneath. While there are multiple peeling agents available, the peeling agent most commonly used for the treatment of acne scarring is TCA (Trichloroacetic acid). This peeling agent has been widely used in medicine for more than 50 years. Ideally suited for widespread superficial to moderate acne scarring, TCA chemical peels can be customized to meet your individual requirements.
Deeper ice pick type scars and severe scarring can also be treated by TCA peeling in some specific cases. However, in most cases, moderate to significant acne scarring is more effectively treated with fractionated Co2 resurfacing (see above). Note that superficial chemical peels, such Glycolic acid or salicylic acid (types of peel commonly offered at non dermatologist medispas for scarring), are useful as a skin polishing or for treating acne but are not effective for treating acne scars.