A specialist shares how to resurface skin for clearer complexion – without the side effects

Picture this: You’re diagnosed with severe and active acne as a teenager, leading you down a road of obsessively looking up skincare products with lofty promises, countless and expensive visits to the dermatologist, and a prescription for Accutane to help clear everything up.

But it doesn’t stop there – while all that medication has left you with significantly clearer skin, what’s left behind is skin that feels tender to the touch and sensitive, with post-acne scarring peppered everywhere. You try a 20% TCA skin peel to help fade these away, and while it does improve your complexion, you’re left with post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) – and once again, you’re fighting yet another battle with your skin.