Chemical Peel for Acne

I have had bad acne throughout high school and am now going off to college in the fall.  I have literally tried everything and recently had a chemical peel to try and treat my acne.  The day after the peel it looked like my skin was just melting off my face.  Is this normal or do I just have very sensitive skin?


M, 22, New York

I dont know if a chemical peel is the best option. I am not a big believer in them, because I think they do only good in the short term and don't work as well long term. I would much rather opt for home remedies or ayurvedic medicine. One of my all time favorite home remedies for acne is the oatmeal pack. Try this and let me know if it works for you. Oatmeal is beneficial in reducing acne because it cleanses your skin pores and absorbs excess oil. Plus, it exfoliates your skin. To a cooked cup of oatmeal, add a teaspoon of honey and the juice of half a lemon. 

Rub this mixture over your skin creating a mask. Leave mask on for 30 minutes and then rinse warm water. Do this once or twice a week. If this does not work, worst case you can try applying skinlite cream. Although I would not recommend it on a regular basis, as this too has some chemicals but it is not the worst option when using it on an occasional basis.

There are also other remedies which you can try, like the toothpaste pack, which is very common or lemon juice therapy. Lemon juice's acidic properties can help kill the bacteria that cause acne. The lemon juice will also help break up debris that accumulated in your pores. You may use lemon juice oily, but it may cause your skin to dry out too much. If this happens, use it every 2-3 days.  


Chemical peels vary in strength and can be more intense for some patients more than others. The most common chemical peel used in women for hormonal acne is a Jessner's solution and has clinical data to support its efficacy. However, most chemical peels are best for reducing textural abnormalities, fine lines, dark marks/melasma, and improving acne scarring. I would go back to your dermatologist first to discuss your adverse effects from your peel to ensure they are "normal" post-procedure, then discuss how your acne can be treated in conjunction with your peels to improve your skin overall. Remember to protect your skin with sunscreen!

Very interesting.  Thanks!

Hey thanks for sharing in such a detailed way.

I went to this post to see if chemical peel worked for you because I've been planning to try chemical peel myself. But I guess you and I will both have to be stuck in using natural products to deal with acne. What happened to you is so scary. I think chemical peel is not for you, and neither for me.

I think the above url will help you.