Developed Dark Spots on Face After Having Facial/extractions. Is Chemical Peel a Good Treatment?

A month ago, I had severe acne (hormonal & stress) and most were located on my forehead. I went to an aesthetician to extract the acne and developed these really dark spots (hyperpigmentation - Asian skin) on my forehead. I tried to cover it up with makeup but did not do well since I broke out from it as well, thus, causing more spots on my face. It is causing me to be self conscious and stressing me even more. Is chemical peel a good treatment for my skin? Your advise is greatly appreciated.

Doctor Answers 2

Dark Spots on Face

If you developed dark spots on your face with extractions, I would not recommend a peel.  You may want to consider hydroquinone cream to help reduce the pigmentation.


Good Luck.

New York Plastic Surgeon
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This is inflammatory hyperpigmenation.

The fact that you skin darked after an extraction facial is a very good reason not to have a chemical peel of the face.  I recommend that you be very careful out there regarding skin services for the face to avoid this type of hyperpigmentation.  Often with time these spots to fade somewhat.

Kenneth D. Steinsapir, MD
Beverly Hills Oculoplastic Surgeon
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