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Chemical Peels: The Savior of Acne-Prone Skin?

Updated: Mar 11


A woman receiving chemical peel treatment for acne

What is a Chemical Peel?

Chemical peels are highly effective in treating various skin concerns related to acne, such as redness, hyperpigmentation, and mild acne scars. This treatment involves the use of a peeling agent to remove old keratin and regulate the skin's turnover, restoring it to a healthier state. Because of this, chemical peels are extremely effective towards superficial lesions such blackheads, superficial scars and bumps, redness and dull skin.

Does it work for Deep Craters or Scars?

In many cases, significant improvements are not observed with deep scars, so it is better to choose alternative treatment that stimulate collagen formation in the deeper dermis layer. Tools such as the Dermapen works in such a manner.

Chemical Peels Recommended for Mild Acne Scars

For the improvement of redness, mild hyperpigmentation, and cratering caused by acne, chemical peel treatments are highly recommended. At KINS Clinic, we offer three types of peeling agents, with a particular emphasis on the glycolic acid peel (AHA) for addressing acne scars.

Glycolic acid is an effective ingredient for exfoliating dead skin cells and promoting skin cleansing. While peeling agents containing glycolic acid can be found over the counter, it is important to note that glycolic acid peels should not be performed outside of professional clinic settings especially at higher concentration where damage to the skin can occur.

In addition to glycolic acid peels, we also offer the popular salicylic acid peel and the milder and less irritating lactic acid peel (lacto peel). The choice of peeling agent depends on the individual's skin condition, and we select the most suitable option for each patient.

By choosing the appropriate chemical peeling treatment, we aim to achieve significant improvements in redness, mild hyperpigmentation, and cratering associated with acne. Our experienced professionals will guide you through the process and ensure that you receive the most effective and safe treatment for your specific needs.


No anesthesia is required as there is no pain


About 30 minutes for the entire face

Hospital visits

Treatment once every two weeks for a total of about 5 times


・Makeup, showering, and hair washing are allowed from the day of treatment

・Do not forget to protect yourself from ultraviolet rays

Risks and Complications

Mainly post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, redness, swelling, etc.

Some people continue to go for chemical peels, and it is also good to have them for skin maintenance even after symptoms have improved.

In addition to chemical peels, we highly recommend the combined use of ion injections, cosmetic injections, and cosmetic intravenous infusions to enhance skin tone and overall skin health.

Ionizing treatment utilizes gentle electric currents to help the penetration of beneficial beauty ingredients such as vitamin C and tranexamic acid into the skin. This treatment is not only effective but also affordable, making it a popular choice among our patients.

Treatment options for Acne Scars that have become Craters

As mentioned above, deep scars may not show significant improvement with chemical peels.

Dermapen and laser treatments are alternative treatments for such scars. Click here for more information on acne scar treatments.

The Dermapen provides segmented delivery of microneedles, resulting in micro injuries to epidermis and dermis layer, promoting regeneration of new collagen. This greatly improves the appearance of deep scars.


Chemical peel is a short and easy treatment that does not require anesthesia.

During the counseling session, we will assess the condition of your skin and suggest the most appropriate treatment.

Do feel free to consult with us about your condition!

Schedule a consultation today and start your acne recovery journey today.\

This blog post was medically reviewed by Dr Summer Zhang.


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