The marks that are a red/brown color were left by cysts. Would a TCA chemical peel have any effect on them?
Can a TCA Chemical Peel Treat Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH)?
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Treating Pigmentation and acne scars with TCA peel
Yes, a TCA peel will improve post inflammatory hyperpigmentation in combination with a sound topical skin care regimen.
I also recommend a Melapeel for my patients to improve PIH.
Along with topical regimen, the Peels should help
Yes, TCA peels would help
TCA chemical peels really help with post inflammatory hyperpigmentation such as acne marks. If your skin is more asian or black then a few light TCA peels 10-15% every 2-3 weeks do good. I like to use a bleaching cream with it as well such as Tri-Luma to help prevent any unexpected pigmentation problems and of course a sunscreen as well.
The TCA peels run about $250 each for the face. You can also do spot treatments instead of the whole face which are less expensive.
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I would recommend TCA at 8-9% strength, every 2 weeks, for 4 sessions. PLUS fading agents such as Lytera or Hydroquinone.
Dr Davin Lim
Brisbane and Gold Coast