Can I use a chemical peel for acne scars?
As chemical peels can help unclog pores and diminish discolouration of the skin, they can be a great option if you’re looking to fade your acne scars. Compared with physical exfoliants, chemical peels not only remove dead skin cells but also stimulate the body’s natural response to produce collagen, which helps heal acne scars.
Instructions differ for each product, but general guidelines when you’re wanting to try a chemical peel at home include pressing Pause on (a) physical exfoliation and (b) retinol products for 24 hours before and after a peel. It’s also important to use sunscreen, as your skin will be sensitive after a peel. But you wear sunscreen every day anyway! (?!)
Also, if you have a breakout that’s inflamed or have a sensitive skin condition, it’s best to avoid chemical peels. The potent acids could disrupt or irritate your skin.