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What can I expect from a light chemical peel for my acne?

Dr. Doris Day, MD
Dermatology
Chemical peels are an increasingly popular treatment to treat acne and to minimize scarring from acne. Light chemical peels (meaning that they do not penetrate beyond the upper layers of the skin) may be useful in acne patients to help correct surface scarring and hyperpigmentation. After a light or superficial chemical peel, the skin may stay red for a few hours and then return to normal. It is unusual and undesired to have blistered areas of bleeding after a superficial chemical peel. There is typically no obvious peeling of the skin after these treatments, and thus, the word peel is a misnomer.

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