Is a PCA chemical peel effective at evening out skin tone and texture, and eliminating hyperpigmentation for people of color (deep tan/caramel colored skin)?
PCA Chemical Peel Effective for Dark Skin?
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A TCA peel for someone with a darker complexion must be done by someone with training and experience. I would not recommend anyone but a physician. I have seen burns and worsening of pigment problems when this kind of peel is done by an aesthetician. In a skilled physician's hands, the correct strength of peel can be used to lift the pigment away and help even out texture. You may also consider an at-home brightening system that includes hydroquinone as a component.
Light TCA peels do great to even out color and improve skin in dark skinned patients
Lighter TCA peels do great to even out skin color and texture problems in dark skinned patients. They are usually done every 2 weeks for 3-5 peels of 10-20% TCA at a cost of $250-500 each.
TCA chemical peel for dark skin
In darker complexions, I would only recommend very light TCA peels (no greater than 10%). Other options that are generally safe for darker skin include Jessner and Salicylic acid peels.
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