Facial Burn with HQ+ Peel?

I recently had a HQ+ peel at home. I used a pore cleaner before applying the HQ+ peel. Left it on 4 mins. After washing, I saw severe burns in my right cheek and nose. Initially there was dark flakes which fell off revealing pink/red skin underneath. I used hydroquinone for the first week after reading this website. But the burned areas have become very dark compared to my complexion. Any suggestions besides using hydroquinone? Do I have to go through another peel to remove the darkened spots?

Doctor Answers 1

Facial Burning

Thank you for your question. Your description sounds like you have experienced Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation or an inflammation induced pigmentation on the treated area.  Sunscreen is imperative, at least a SPF 30, with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide are good options.  Bleaching creams are also an option to be determined after an in office consultation with a Board Certified Dermatologist or Plastic Surgeon with expertise in cosmetic procedures, peels, and darker skin types. I hope this helps.

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