Most chemical peels (salicylic, glycolic, Jessners, Vi, etc) will help with dark spots. First, however, it would be important to determine why you have dark spots? Are they from acne or another problem? You may need to address this first before getting a peel. Get evaluated by a board-certified dermatologist.
What Kind of Chemical Peel Should I Get for my Skin? I Have Really Oily Skin with Black Spots on my Cheeks?
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Chemical Peel and Oily Skin
Thank you for your question. You should have your skin evaluated by a Board Certified Dermatologist and then determine what products you will need, and which will be effective for what you want to do. There are a variety of peels to choose from that may help your pigmentation in conjunction with home care with sunblock, hydroquinone containing products, and retinoids. I hope this helps.
Peels for oily skin and hyper pigmentation
You would likely benefit from a variety of chemical peels including glycolic, trichloroacetic, salicylic acid, and retinoic acid, or a combination of these chemicals. Best to speak with your dermatologist about the best peel for your skintype.
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Chemical peel for oily skin with black spots
You would probably benefit from almost any of the common chemical peels (i.e. salicylic acid, glycolic acid, Jessner's, TCA). The choice of which peel would be best will depend on how much downtime you are willing to have, how often you are willing to return for a peel, and your skin tone and the cause of your brown spots. Darker skin tones have an increased risk of discoloration with deeper peels. Some dark spots are very close to the surface and easy to remove with light peels; whereas, some are deep and more stubborn. Your doctor should be able to go over the options with you in detail upon evaluating your skin at a consultation.
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