Chemical Peels for Hidradenitis Suppurativa

Chemical Peels for Hidradenitis Suppurativa

Chemical peels can be a very effective therapy for shrinking HS boils and reducing new ones. In this video, Dr. Egeland explains the science behind chemical peels for HS.



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  • Paula

    Reply Reply February 13, 2020

    My friend has HS, and it is under control with diet and lifestyle, will chemical peels help with scarring?

    • Dr. Alison Egeland

      Reply Reply February 21, 2020

      Hi Paula, great question – we have seen peels help to decrease scarring over time. We generally find that mandelic acid peels are well-tolerated. The ManukaMed honey pads have been helpful for reducing the hypertrophic (raised), rope-like scarring. Here is a link where you can find more information about the ManukaMed bandages and other skin care options for HS Hope this helps! Best, ~ Dr. E

      • aa

        Reply Reply June 6, 2021

        would saylic peel work

        • Dr. Alison Egeland

          Reply Reply July 2, 2021

          It’s quite possible! Peels tend to have similar mechanisms. In the case of HS, salicylic acid may help to soften the keratin (hair) material that is responsible for clogging the follicle. Best of luck to you!

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