Glycolic Acid For Acne Scars


A scar, especially if in a visible place on your body, can be quite distressing and confidence bruising. However, in most cases scars can be completely removed and in the most serious cases scars can be treated for a massive improvement.

There are a number of different treatments out there for acne scarring from creams and topical applications to dermabrasion, acid peels and even laser treatment. The type that you choose should be determined by the type of scar that you have and the severity.

In this article I talk about Glycolic acid, an skin peeling agent that is designed to help with atrophic (depressed) scars on the skin.

What does the treatment involve?

Glycolic acid is placed on the surface of the skin and removes the upper layers by dissolving the cells. It is therefore a very useful substance for depressed scars such as ice pick scars and box scars.

How long does it take?

It’s all very subjective, it’s not possible to give a generic precise timescale. If your scarring is mild to moderate then you’ll likely need around 6 sessions with the dermatologist to see noticeable improvement.

Of course for very mild scarring, glycolic acid products are actually available over the counter and so you can purchase them and do the skin peel yourself from home.

For deeper and more noticeable scarring then you’ll need a glycolic concentration that is higher than what is available over the counter and you’ll need the peels to be performed by a qualified dermatologist. Quite often, glycolic acid is used as a prelude to laser scar removal – in conjunction these two treatments can really improve even very serious scarring.

Side Effects

Quite often the skin around the area is irritated for a period of 24 to 48 hours but the irritation is generally mild and won’t be too much discomfort. It is important that you test the glycolic acid on your skin for signs of an allergic reaction before full treatment.