What type of chemical peel would work best for hyperpigmentation? (Photo)
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The prep is an essential part of a chemical peel.
I would recommend a combination of treatments for best results. The first step would be to set up a consultation with your provider. There are many ways to address PIH ( Post Inflammatory Hyper-pigmentation) and it is necessary to consult with a professional prior to treatment. It is not recommended to use chemical peels at home, you take a risk of causing irreparable damage to the skin, including hyper or hypo-pigmentation and even scarring. These deeper peels should only be performed by medical professionals or specially trained estheticians working in a medical office. There are many steps that go into these treatments besides applying the product.
It is best to prepare the skin before you chemically peel with a 6 week regime using a system such as ZO Medical Products, which are prescription strength, medically dispensed skin health products. The ZO 3 Step Stimulation Peel is an excellent peel, along with RevePeel and VI. Best, Dr Faraz
Retinol Peel for Hyperpigmentation
In-Office Chemical Peels & At-Home Bleaching Creams Work Well For Speeding Clearing Of Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation
To help speed this process, a series of a variety of in-office superficial peels may be employed, which include low-strength TCA, full strength salicylic acid, Jessners solution and full-strength glycolic acid--all of which I have used for this purpose, either alone or in various combinations.
At-home bleaching preparations, which may include hydroquinone in varying concentrations, retinoic acid, arbutin, kojic acid and certain licorice extracts may be used in order to further enhance and expedite the process of fading.
In general, I feel that bells and whistles lasers of various kinds and IPL, which are often hyped for treating these kinds of problems, do little more than add to the expense of treatment.
Best to see a board certified aesthetic dermatologist who will be best be able to control any active acne, if present, and tailor a treatment regimen for you. Best of luck.
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Once your back acne is under control you can go ahead and treat with a combination of bleaching creams, V-Beam laser for redness, and TCA peels for pigmentation. Strict sun avoidance is necessary to improve the skin as well. Best, Dr. Green
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