Had a Hair Lazer Removal on my Face Last Year. I Got Burned on Both Sides of my Cheeks Now I Have Huge Dark Spots.what Do I Do?

i had a hair lazer removal on my face last year and i got burned on both sides of my cheeks and now i have dark spots. the doctor told me they would go away but they have been there for months. what do i do or what do i apply to clear my skin again? please advice me am desperate

Doctor Answers 3

Inflammatory hyperpigmentation

I agree with my associates that you are suffering from post inflammatory hyperpigmentation from the burn you received months ago.  In most cases this will go away but there are a couple of things you can do to speed up the process. First always wear a sunscreen when you are outside,  the melanocytes are hyperactive in these areas and the sun can actually darken them.  Second,  try a topical hydroquinone cream. This will help to lighten these areas and are very safe to use.  I hope this helps.

Kindest regards,

Neil J Zemmel

Richmond Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 107 reviews

Peels, creams can help pigmentation

Your doctor is correct - what you have is post inflammatory hyperpigmentation or PIH - and this fades away with time HOWEVER - that time can be many months. You can speed the process by wearing daily broad spectrum sun screen (zinc) and by using creams that help lighten or remove pigment. A good choice is hydroquinone or the new cream Elure. Light chemical peels like a Jessner or alpha hydroxy peel with or with hydroquinone can also help clear the dark marks. On lighter skin tones a laser can be used to remove pigment -such as Fraxel Dual or a long pulsed alexandrite like Gentlelase. All must be used carefully and lightly and cautiously so as to not worsen the problem. Good luck!

Elizabeth F. Rostan, MD
Charlotte Dermatologist
4.2 out of 5 stars 19 reviews

Try lightening creams for post inflammatory pigmentation after laser burns.

Looks like you have post inflammatory hyperpigmentation after laser burns. Use a sunscreen regularly, along with a lightening cream containing hydroquinone 2% at night. Your doctor should be able to prescribe you such a cream.

Good luck!

Renita (Lourdhurajan) Rajan, MD, DNB
India Dermatologist
4.9 out of 5 stars 16 reviews

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