Chemical Peel for Pigmentation from Squeezing Pimples?

I have hyperpigmentation from squeezing pimples on my face and I want to get rid of the spots. Would a chemical peel help? I don't have acne, just pimples that come sometimes.

Doctor Answers (3)

Chemical Peels for pimples


Chemical peels are great options to clear up hyperpigmentation.  If it is superficial hyperpigmentation then Jessner peels are a nice solution to this challenge because the salicylic in the solution also help to keep your skin clear, so it's a 2-fold treatment.  The peels should be done in a series, 2-3 weeks apart, and you can also discuss being on a skin lightening regimen at home to maintain your results (like 4% Hydroquinone, or Kojic Acid).  Sunscreen is a most important part of this process since we are dealing with hyperpigmentation, and the chemical peels can make your skin more sun-sensitive.  Good luck!

Aurora Plastic Surgeon
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A few Jessner's peels do great for the hyperpigmentation from acne


Jessner's 14% chemical peels do great for post inflamatory hyperpigmentation from acne. Usually you do 1 every 2 weeks for a series of 3-4 @ $175 each. Wear a sunscreen and use a mild cortisone lotion if you become red or irritated and then do 1 every 3-4 months forever to keep your skin clear and wrinkle free.

David Hansen, MD
Beverly Hills Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 27 reviews

Chemical Peels for Hyperpigmentation


Hi Cynthia.  Chemical peels could definitely help improve the hyperpigmentation.  It will also help with your pimples.  I suggest a series of 4 peels and them maintenance peels every 3-4 months.

Julia Carroll, MD
Toronto Dermatologist

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