Abstract—Scarring is a well recognized sequel of acne. Because of the prevalence of acne scarring and strong negative emotions it engendering affected patients, several approaches have been developed for its treatment with varying success rates. Glycolic acid 50% peels and Salicylic acid 30% Peels are classified as superficial peel and are consider safe in Indian patients. While chemical peels are widely being used in India for various indications. There is a paucity of published studies on the efficacy of chemical peel specifically for acne scars in Indian patients.
Purpose of this study was to evaluate and compare the effectively of these two agents in the treatment of acne scars. Eighty cooperative patients[≥18 years age]with predominantly moderately atrophic acne scarring were randomly divided into 2groups of 40each.Patients of group A received Glycolic acid peels and patients in group B, Salicylic acid was used at 3weeks interval for four sessions. Objective evaluations of treatment response. Subjective assessments of treatment response were also done separately by the researcher, an independent observer and the patients separately.
Both of agents led to significant reduction in the total acne scar score[p< 0.05]but no significant difference was noted between the two peels. Side effects were lesser with Salicylic acid peel.
Hence conclusion was drawn that both 50% Glycolic acid and 30% Salicylic acid peels are safe in Indian skin and equally effective in the treatment of mild to moderate acne scarring.
Keywords— Acne Scare, Acne Peels, Glycolic acid peel, Salicylic acid peel
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