How Can Face Hyperpigmentation from Chemical Peels Be Corrected?

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Obagi Newderm system with Tretinoin can be very effective

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Obagi Newderm system based on glycolic acid, hydroquinone and tretinoin can be very effective in treating post inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Make sure you speak with your physician who will explain in details how to correctly use all products. Just be patient, it may take about 4 months to see the correction on your skin. SPF 30 or higher is a must on daily basis.

Bleaching creams, sunscreens and tincture of time

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Post inflammatory hyperpigmentation after a chemical peel can be resolved with a combination bleaching cream such as tri-luma cream at night time sparingly. Usually a few light jessners solution or 10% tca peels every 2 weeks helps speed up the recovery as well. Most patients will do both the light peels and the bleaching cream. It can take as little as 4 weeks or 3-4 months to resolve and fortunately it almost always does resolve nicely but never soon enough.

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David Hansen,MD

David Hansen, MD
Beverly Hills Dermatologic Surgeon
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Correcting post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation takes some time

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One of the keys to treating Post-inflammatory hyperpigmenation is prevention. I usually start my patients on a product that has hydroquinone and kojic acid with retinol and glycolic acid. This is started 4 - 6 weeks before the peel to settle down the melanocytes (the pigment producing cells). All peels are irritating especially the deeper ones. Once this type of post peel hyperpigmentation occurs it is a process of using the hydroquinone products in combination with a topical steroid (for inflammation). You can expect this to take 8 - 10 weeks to resolve. You must stay out of the sun, and use a sunscreen to avoid any further irritation to the skin. Ask your physician to evaluate your skin and treat as needed.

Jeffrey Zwiren, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Hyperpigmentation form Chemical Peels and Correction

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Correction of hyperpigmentation can best be done thorough topical creams such as Vitamin C, Hydropquinones, Retinols, strict sun avoidance, oxygen facials, and microdermabrasion.  Best, Dr. Green

Hyperpigmentation after peel

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Sometimes, hyperpigmentation will go away on its own. If not, you can try a topical product containing hydroquinone and retin A. 

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