I am an African, black woman and my hands and feet were darker than the rest of my body. I had them peeled with Glycolic peel and the color was lightened for 3 days until it started to darken. Now it is darker than it used to be and I'm afraid that it will not improve. What happened? I have also used a hair removal wax. Could this have also caused the skin darkening? What should I do?
Skin Darkening After Glycolic Peel
Doctor Answers 3
Hyperpigmentation after a glycolic acid peel
It sound like you developed post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation from either the chemical peel or the wax. It is not recommended to use wax withing a week of doing a chemical peel on an area. Avoid doing any other treatments until your skin is healed. You may require the help of a bleaching agent such as hydroquinone depending on how severe the hyperpigmentation is. I would recommend seeing a board-certified dermatologist.
Dina Strachan, MD NYC dermatologist 212-627-1004