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Can atrophic acne scars be treated with chemical peels?

Atrophic acne scars and depressed acne scars can cause a contour deformity on the surface of the skin.  Acne scars can occur on the face and the body and cause problems with skin contour and skin complexion.  Often these acne scars can be associated with skin discoloration and skin darkening.  Acne scars can be treated with topical creams and chemical peels, in addition to laser surfacing and acne surgery.  Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian, a Santa Monica plastic surgeon practicing at the Saint John Medical Plaza, performs acne scar revision for treatment of acne for all types of acne scars.


The mainstay of treatment in our office is the Melaquin AM and Melaquin PM Skin Brightening Complex to remove skin discoloration and even up skin tone.  These creams can be used to even the skin tone and improve the overall quality of the skin.  In addition, chemical peels are used in our office, including TCA, glycolic, and salicylic peels to improve the quality of acne scarred skin. 


Chemical peel helps exfoliate skin and remove dead impurities from the skin and pore surface.  In doing so, the skin can be refreshed and the surface of the skin improves.  Deeper chemical peels can be used for the treatment of deeper acne scars, depending on the depth of acid penetration within the skin.  Chemical peels have variable downtime with some patients having one to two days of light peeling whereas others have seven to ten days off deep peeling and redness.  For a chemical peel in Los Angeles, please call our office at 310-998-5533.

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