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How to Fade Scars From Chemical Burns

author image Jonathan Croswell
Jonathan Croswell has spent more than five years writing and editing for a number of newspapers and online publications, including the "Omaha World-Herald" and "New York Newsday." Croswell received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Nebraska and is currently pursuing a Master's of Health and Exercise Science at Portland State University.
How to Fade Scars From Chemical Burns
Chemical burns can leave topical scarring on the surface of your skin.

Chemical burns can occur in a number of different ways. While some may associate chemical burns with scalding, scarring acid, you can develop a chemical burn scar in your daily life fairly easily. Some topical skin medications and treatments, particularly those obtained through a prescription, can create light burns on the skin that leave scarring. Even treatments like chemical peels, which are intended to eliminate scars residing on the top of your skin, can leave a burn scar if applied improperly. Fortunately, most burn scars do not extend deep into the skin and can be easily faded through several different methods.

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Step 1

Use a chemical peel to eliminate the burn scar. Even if you received the scar from a chemical peel, you can still fade the scar through properly applying a chemical peel, which usually consists of glycolic acid, onto the skin. Some people may be hesitant to use this method if a chemical peel caused the initial burn scar, but in almost all cases, chemical peel burns are the result of a non-professional application.

Visit a doctor or dermatologist to receive a chemical peel safely and have the top-layers of your skin removed so you can burn off scar tissue and encourage the growth of healthy skin cells to replace it.

Step 2

Use a dermabrasion treatment to remove the top of the scar, fading its appearance. Dermabrasion works in a similar way to a chemical peel, although there is a longer recovery period of about one week, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. This treatment uses a hard object to skim off the top of your skin, shedding scar tissue along with it.

Step 3

Receive a scar-revision treatment from a doctor or dermatologist. Scar revision can work in several ways. One method is using high-energy light to remove or reshape damaged skin. This has a one-week recovery period, though the skin may retain a pink shade for several months, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Yellow-light treatments can also reduce redness or raised surfaces that develop from a chemical burn.

Multiple scar-revision treatments may be needed to reach its full effect, and this can be a costly option.

Step 4

Receive an invasive surgery to cut out the scar tissue and sew up your skin. This is the last option for many people, since surgery often leaves a scar of its own, but for deep burns, this can be an effective, if costly, approach.

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