I'm 23 yrs old African American female. I have active acne and suffer hyper pigmentation. Are Jessner Peels safe for me to use?
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Chemical peels for pigmentation of the skin
Jessner's Chemical Peel for Acne in African American Female
this is a very common question and I assure you, you are not alone in wondering this.
For one, chemical peels that are considered superficial or very superficial (including Jessner's) are safe for all skin types, assuming they are done by qualified health practitioners. But, its important to remember, you may get some early peeling and may have some early discoloration of your skin but this should heal with no problem. Its not guaranteed that this will happen, but it is possible during the peeling process.
As for peels and acne, two great steps for acne treatment (and recommended by many acne medical guidlines) is chemical peels, as well as retinol based products. If you have not looked into this, I'd also advise you to ask your physician about using topical retinol between peels. Together, you'll likely get excellent results.
I hope this helps,
James P Bonaparte, MD, MSc, FRCSC
Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
University of Ottawa
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
In People Of Color, Hyperpigmenation From Acne Responds Well To Salicylic Acid Peels & At-Home Prescription Therapies
Jessner's solution is fine, although I prefer salicylic acid 30 percent (betahydroxy acid) peels The salicylic acid penetrates the clogged pores and works very well as a result for treating the follicular blockage that is characteristic of acne vulgaris. It is also excellent for helping to fade existing hyperpigmented blotches.
At-home treatments include the use of topical retinoids, such as adapalene cream or gel and low strength benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid constitute important parts of the treatment regimen for treating existing lesions and especially for reducing outbreaks. Finally, once adequate acne control is achieved, maintenance with azelaic acid products, such as Finacea, can serve the duel purpose of continuing to suppress acne and lighten post-inlammatory discolorations.
Consultation and treatment by a board certified dermatologist is strongly advised.
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