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Clynhan , 25 Jan 2014

KP scar treatment options- chemical peel

I have a condition called keratosis pilaris which is characterized by pimple-like bumps, most commonly on the back of the arms and legs (but can also occur on face, forearms, butt, chest, etc). I first remember noticing it around the age if 12, and it definitely would improve in the summer with sun exposure. Around the age of 25 (I'm 40 now) I started to consistently pick/pop these bumps and have pretty extensive scarring on my arms and legs as a result. In an effort to try and find a way to diminish the scars I found something called the "Vi precision plus" peel (this is a chemical peel). This particular peel is considered a medium-depth peel and is made up of a synergistic blend of chemicals-it is really effective for acne scarring, melasma/hyper pigmentation, aging skin, actinic keratoses, etc. I decided to try a peel on my arms to see if it would help with the scarring and am AMAZED at the results! I'm not sure why dermatologists don't discuss this with patients as a possible treatment option because it is truly the only thing that has helped me. Just thought I'd share because I feel like so little information exists about treating body scars from picking and this is something that has worked for me. As a side note, I was diagnosed with ADHD as a teen and switched to Adderall as an adult- although the medication does help me with focus, I definitely think it contributes to my urge to pick. I've decided to stop taking it altogether and find other ways to deal with my ADHD, ruining my skin is just not worth it.

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