Will a Glycolic Peel Help with Pitted Scars?

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Will glycolic help pitted scars

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Q: I'm seriously considering a glycolic chemical peel because I have some acne (pitted) scars and uneven skin tone and texture. But I'm scared of getting thinner skin, which I've heard can happen if you get too many peels. — Ri

A: Ri, thank you for your question.

Glycolic acid will not thin your skin.

However, glycolic acid also does not significantly improve pitted scars from acne. What it can do is give some help to uneven tone and colour.

Lasers—such as fractionated Erbium or fractionated carbon dioxide lasers—can significantly help pitted scars, as well as texture and tone. 

They do have more downtime, risk and expense.

Dr. Nowell Solish is one of Canada's top cosmetic dermatologists, with an office at 66 Avenue Road, Suite 1, in Toronto. Call 416-964-8888 to book an appointment.

Disclaimer: This information is for general purposes only and is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice relative to your specific medical condition or question. Dr. Solish recommends that you consult your physician or other medical professional for insight into your specific condition and medical options.