How Long Before Chemical Peel Scars, Hyperpigmentation Clears?

I have brown patches and hyperpigmentation from Chemical Peels. If these can still be corrected, how long will it take for them to be cleared or completely gone?

Doctor Answers 3

Post inflammatory hyperpigmentation

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You are developing a post inflammatory hyperpigmentation.  Treatment for this type of problem includes the use of hydroquinone 4 to 8 %, Kojic acid, Retin-A, Topical steroid creams.  You can expect it to take up to 10 weeks for the pigmentation to clear.  
Also available from a compounding pharmacy is Klingman's formula which is a mixture of all of the above chemicals.  

Hyperpigmentation after chemical peel

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There are a variety of different kinds of hyperpigmentation that can be induced by chemical peels. Some are short-lived and disappear within a month; some of them can last much longer and may take 6-12 months to resolve and frankly, some of them, if they are of the scarring variety, may be permanent. It’s impossible to determine if this is the cause of your hyperpigmentation without evaluating you.

Bleach creams are your best bet

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Bleaching creams are the best. Have used them for years to erase the pigmentation that can arise after peels.

They work but you need a prescription of a high concentration of hydroquinone (6-8%) to do the job. Combined with cortisone and Retin-A, this formula called the Kligman formula ( Dr. Kligman developed Retin-A) is known to all dermatologists. It usually takes a couple of months to work.

Robert Kotler, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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