I can't tell if this is going to be permanent. I don't go in the sun anymore and wear spf everyday. Is this just hyperpigmentation making my skin look weird or did I do permanent damage and stop melanin from forming(hypo)? Hair area has zig zags where chemical peel removed hair. Will it grow back? Is this my natural skin color? I can't tell anymore. (Note: I have acne scars, chemical peel did not cause some of the marks) tca under 15%. 1 year has passed since this happened. Taken Today. Thanks.
Permanent Damage to Face From Chemical Peel? (Picture Attached)
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Post chemical peel hyperpigmentation
You are developing a post inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Treatment for this type of problem includes the use of hydroquinone 4 to 8 %, Kojic acid, Retin-A, Topical steroid creams. You can expect it to take up to 10 weeks for the pigmentation to clear.
Also available from a compounding pharmacy is Klingman's formula which is a mixture of all of the above chemicals.
I doubt that 15% TCA would have caused any of these problems. This is a very light peel. Make sure that you use sunscreen daily.
Not caused by TCA
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This zig zag was not created by this very mild chemical peel.
The beard hairline is naturally irregular and normally zig-zags. The beauty of chemical peels is that they don't cause hair loss. The 15% TCA chemical is very mild. So mild that it is considered to be a no down time procedure. This chemical peel did not cause any change to your beard. Given that you believe something different, I would strongly advise you against getting further chemical peels or for that matter any cosmetic procedures.
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