A. Home remedies for acne are not recommended and not proven. Remember that as medical doctors, we offer treatments that have been scientifically tested, and proven to be of benefit. Both from clinical (the look) and from close cellular evidence. There are some at-home micro-needling devices that can have a positive impact but for sterility and quality assurance we recommend having this done by professionals. Dull devices have been known to create more damage. HA plumping pens are sold by third-party distributors and manufacturers whose quality cannot be reliable.
“Acids” are simply the chemistry name for ingredients with the ability to give a proton or hydrogen ion (H+). These ingredients are vital for skincare and are “buffered” for comfort and safety in commercial skincare. Which means the pH is controlled and close to the skin’s natural pH. Ascorbic acid (vitamin C), retinoic acid (vitamin A), glycolic acid (alpha hydroxy acid), azelaic acid to name a few. At-home skin care regimens can cause more damage than good as many of the ingredients are much more acidic or more basic in nature. Many people using lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, toothpaste to resolve their pigmentation have actually created a bigger problem and need professional intervention.
There are at-home acid peels that can be purchased online but again we ask that you exercise caution. It’s possible to incur an acid burn from doing these peels at home and cause further pigmentation. These acids are not always mixed and compounded in the same way so again caution must be exercised. If an at-home peel is the only affordable option then it would be best to opt for something that is very mild and one that you are willing to be patient with.
It is always recommended to come in and speak with one of our patient consultants who can make treatment and product recommendations and provide expert advice on what can be done based on your budget to offer the best results based on your budget.