Do chemical peels treat hyperpigmentation? What care should be taken when doing chemical peels for that condition?
Chemical Peel for Hyperpigmentation
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Absolutely! TCA or deeper chemical peels do very well to...
Absolutely! TCA or deeper chemical peels do very well to treat hyperpigmentation. Great care should be taken though as pigment irregularities and scarring can occur if not done by an experienced clinician with close follow-up.
After a chemical peel, it is very important to keep the area moist until the outer layer of skin has regenerated. Watch for evidence of infection and cold sores as these can cause scarring if not treated appropriately.
Chemical peel for hyperpigmentation
It is always important to consult a professional for the appropriate skin treatment for your skin type.
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Chemical peels can be a fabulous approach to helping hyperpigmentation. Superficial peels can be done once a month, depending on the severity of your pigmentation. Unfortunately, I cannot tell you how many months of treatment you will need, but in general they are great for your skin. It’s a wonderful, healthy way to rejuvenate and bring out the new skin cells that will make you “glow”. In addition after you have the procedure be sure to stay out of the sun and wear UVA AND
UVB protection. Deeper chemical peels that require “downtime” can also be helpful tools but depend on the patient. Some hyperpigmentation can actually be worsened by the peels. Be sure to discuss your specific case with a qualified physician.
Chemical peels for hyperpigmentation
Chemical peels are an excellent choice for the treatment of hyperpigmentation. That being said, make sure you are working with a professional who is experienced in treating your skin type, especially if you have dark skin, and who can manage any underlying skin conditions you may have. As board-certified dermatologists are the experts with respect to skin conditions, that would be your best choice. Of course, wear sunscreen and avoid sun exposure after any chemical peel. As far as other precautions go, that is a discussion uou should have with your treating doctor.
Chemical peels are an excellent treatment for hyperpigmentation
Chemical peels are an excellent treatment for hyperpigmentation. In fact, I prefer chemical peels over any kind of laser treatment for management of hyperpigmentation alone. This can be done using a more gradual approach, with a series of “light” chemical peels (generally, in my practice, this is a combination of glycolic acid, salicylic acid, kogic acid, Jessner’s solution, hydroquinone, and resourcinal) or a more aggressive type of peel, known as trichloroacetic acid (also popularized as a “blue” peel or known as a TCA peel). The more aggressive of these two approaches – the TCA peel – will usually require pre-treatment of the skin for 3-4 weeks prior to the procedure, for best results and to ensure that there are no negative consequences from the peel itself. Pre-treatment involves home application of topical skincare products, including topical vitamin C serum and a product containing hydroquinone and Retin A. Often these products are used again after the procedure to help maintain and prolong your results.
Melasma treatment with chemical peels
Chemical peels belong to a broad class of treatments used to treat melasma. A chemical peel does not work alone to treat melasma, but does in combination with topical and laser treatments.
Chemical peels, hyperpigmentation
I use peels on many of my patients who are undergoing facial surgery. I feel that if a patient is going to invest time and money in looking rejuvenated, their efforts should also be directed to getting the skin in the best shape possible. This starts with a high quality doctor prescribed skin care program that I personally design for each patient. I take into account the patient's skin type and their goals. After four to six weeks of pre-conditioning, a peel is performed. The type of acid used for the peel is selected based on the goals of the patient's. TCA is generally used to diminish hyperpigmentaiton or brown discoloration, as well as fine lines. Salisylic acid is used for acne prone skin. Glycolic peels can be used ni a series for over all freshening of the skin. Each type of peel can be mixed in varying strengths and subsequently will come with varying recovery times.
Peels are excellent for hyperpigmentation with a plus
Chemical peels are one of the most effective treatments for melasma and other forms of skin darkening including "age spots" and freckiling. The added plus is that they will improve skin texture as well. They build up collagen and elastic fibers in the deeper layers of the skin while evening out pigmentation on the surface. They are relatively inexpxensive for all that they do for the skin, but must be done by someone with extensive experience. A chemical peel in the wrong hands can lead to a worsening of the condition and even scarring. Done by the right person, there is very little risk with impressive results!
ViPeel helpful for hyperpigmentation
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