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Artificially Lightened Skin and Chemical Peels?

If your skin has been artificially lightened (via kojic acid, hydroquinone etc.), do you become less susceptible to the possible side effects of chemical peels, and perhaps other procedures that would be more risky on dark skin? Thanks

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Chemical peel risks and skin lightening

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People with darker skin are more at risk for a pigmentary change, usually hyperpigmentation or darkening, after procedures such as chemical peels.  Some providers pretreat such patients with a skin lightener, such as hydroquinone, before doing chemical peels or other procedures to prevent this side effect.  Most importantly, however, make sure whoever is doing your peel is a licensed professional who is experienced treating darker skin.

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