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Salicylic Peels Vs Laser Treatment

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I've suffered from deeply embedded blackheads for over ten years now and no over-the-counter facial scrubs have worked. I went to the doctor, and the doctor essentially said go to a beautician. I went to two places specializing in acne treatments and one said "we recommend Laser Skin Resurfacing, the other said "we recommend salicylic peels". I really don't have a clue which one to go for (and I can really only afford to go for one course of treatments - trying both isn't an option). I want one which will work, and ideally which doesn't have any nasty side effects.

Anyone's experience in or knowledge of this would be much appreciated.

Thank you.

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Have you tried any prescription topicals? I'd recommend Isotrex/Retin-a. It's topical accutane/retinol and has no systemic effects like oral accutane does. It will reduce blackheads, oil, sebum and is also anti-aging!

Laser resurfacing and peels won't be a long term solution for this kind of thing, in my opinion they're a waste of time. Expensive too.

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