Can Acne Scars Be Treated With Chemical Peels?

Chemical Peels | Pam Chaney Aesthetics | Elkhart

Have you ever checked yourself in the mirror how your appearance can become so much better if you can remove these pesky acne scars for good? That said, acne scars are not a symptom of any underlying health condition, so many women choose to live with it. But thanks to chemical peels, removing scars is no longer a “what if,” giving you a much smoother and vibrant skin. Researching for remedies for acne scars can be quite troublesome. You can find some skincare products here and there, some a lot of them don’t seem to work. Others only treat acne scars superficially, so some deep scars are still present. Remedying these scars requires a treatment that targets these scars at deeper levels. 

While there are preventative measures against acne scars, such as washing our faces frequently, preventing oil buildup, avoiding oily foods, and not picking on acne when they appear, these are temporary stopgaps—not addressing the scars that are already there. You want a treatment that ultimately diminishes or removes existing acne or scars. Thanks to chemical peels, acne scars will be nothing but an unwanted memory. We will show you how chemical peels treat acne scars. 

What Is A Chemical Peel?

Chemical peels are nothing new in the cosmetic world, they have been there for several years now, and estheticians and dermatologists frequently use them. As you can see in the name, chemical peels are a treatment procedure applied to your skin to remove a skin layer. Kind of like peeling an apple, but through a chemical solution. It is literally peeling a skin layer off the skin. When the chemical solution is applied, the skin exfoliates and ultimately peels off. Once that happens, the skin underneath is much smoother, less wrinkly, and more vibrant than the old one. The treatment can be done to your face, neck, or hands. Chemical peels are either done alone or performed in tandem with other procedures. Also, chemical peels have different depths. The deeper the chemical peel, the more drastic results, but the recovery time will also take longer. 

Can Chemical Peels Remove Acne Scars?

Absolutely, chemical peels can remove acne scars. Once the chemical peels off the dead skin cells, the scar tissues are also removed. The result is that new young skin cells come out, replacing the old ones. 

Depths of Chemical Peels

A chemical peel removes a layer of skin, and depending on how severe your acne scars are; you’ll choose either one of these depths.

  • Light Chemical Peel: A light chemical peel only removes the outermost layer of the skin, which is the epidermis. While it is light, it can still be effective against some wrinkles, uneven skin tone, and dryness. However, you need to apply the chemical peel every two to five weeks consistently.
  • Medium Chemical Peel: A medium chemical peel removes the outermost skin layer and the dermis’s top layer. Like the light chemical peel, a medium chemical peel is effective against acne scars, wrinkles, and uneven skin tone. You will also need to repeat the treatment to achieve the desired result. 
  • Deep Chemical Peel: Deep chemical peels address issues that light or medium chemical peel can’t, so it has to go deeper. Dermatologists recommend deep chemical peel against precancerous growth, removing acne scars and uneven skin tone. The procedure is only done once. 

Any of these parameters are subject to change depending on the chemical peel brand you are currently using. You will most likely use a medium or deep chemical peel for your acne scar treatments. Your provider will recommend which chemical peels will work for your acne scars. 

Who Is Eligible For The Treatment?

Typically, those with fairer or lighter skin tones will respond better to the treatment. If you have a darker skin tone, the results can still work, depending on which skin problem it addresses. However, chances of uneven skin tone are higher when you have a darker skin tone. Do note that chemical peels cannot remove severe wrinkles, skin sagging, or under-eye circles. For that, you may need injectables or laser treatments.  

How Does A Chemical Peel Work?

Chemical peels contain acidic ingredients that peel the skin off. By raising the skin’s acidity level, it increases the skin’s pH level to around 3.8. Typically, the skin has a pH level of 5.5, and when we alter the pH level, it chemically loosens the bond between the dead skin and the healthy skin. When the bond is broken, the skin exfoliates, detaching the dead skin cells from the healthy skin cells. The process encourages the new skin cells to appear and grow. 

Before Getting A Chemical Peel

Consider consulting a doctor first before using any chemical peel or going to a clinic for a chemical peel. They can determine if your skin is suitable for a chemical peel or not. Your skin might react differently to acids used in chemical peels, but there are rare cases. Once that’s done, your chemical peel provider will ask you if you use any prescription medicines or other drugs. Some medications might not be suitable for the treatment. Your doctors may also prescribe you antibiotics or other prescriptions before the treatment. Your provider will also discuss what type of chemical peel is suitable for you. 

What Can You Expect In a Chemical Peel Procedure?

You can get a chemical procedure in the provider’s clinic or surgery center. It’s an outpatient procedure, so it’s a quick in and out one. First, they will clean your skin thoroughly. After that, your provider will apply different chemical peel solutions or acids on the cleansed areas. During the process, you will feel a burning sensation, but it’s mild, and it will only last for about five to ten minutes. Perhaps, you will also feel a stinging sensation. Your doctor may recommend you some pain medications before or after the treatments, and it’s up to you if you want it or not. Once all of these are done, expect a whole new skin after several days! A skin without acne or acne scars. 


Chemical peels are your go-to solution to remove existing unwanted acne scars permanently. However, it doesn’t prevent new ones from developing, so instead, do some acne prevention methods. 

If you are looking for a clinic that removes acne scars through chemical peels, reach out to Pam Chaney Aesthetics

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