Best Chemical Peels for Reducing Skin Pigmentation
posted on 3/19/2010
Skin pigmentation can be a result of the aging process, excessive sun exposure or a side effect of acne, and only some skin rejuvenation treatments are effective for reducing or eliminating brown spots and scars. Various strengths of chemical peels can help to reduce skin pigmentation permanently, eliminating the need to undergo more aggressive skin treatments such as laser skin resurfacing or Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy.
If you want to enjoy clearer skin and a more youthful look, you may be a good candidate for a chemical peel.
How Chemical Peels Work
Chemical peels are designed to sink deep into the skin’s layers to stimulate the cell turnover process. Some chemical peels also burn the top layer of skin as an exfoliating treatment, and can help to not only reduce skin pigmentation, but also reduce or eliminate superficial lines, wrinkles and blemishes. Different types of chemical peels are designed to sink to different levels of the skin tissue, and the deeper the level, the faster the rate of cellular turnover and the more aggressive the treatment.
Not all skin types respond positively to all types of chemical peels, so it’s imperative that the medical professional administering the peel knows which strength of the peel will be most appropriate for your skin tone, and inform you of any potential risks and side effects such as excessive scarring, burning and permanent hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation.
When administered at the right strength, chemical peels can be very effective at getting rid of skin pigmentation and clearing up scars or blemishes.
Chemical Peels for Treating Skin Pigmentation
There are now several dozen different types of chemical peels available at medical spas and cosmetic dermatology centers around the country, and you will need to set up a consultation for a thorough skin evaluation before receiving treatment. Some of the most well-known chemical peels for treating pigmented skin include:
Vi Peel: The Vi Peel is a powerful, ‘next generation’ peel that promises minimal downtime and exceptional results. The peel is designed to restore damaged skin and reduce the signs of visible aging. Most people heal within four days after treatment, and the peel stays on the skin for the entire healing period. The Vi peel has been proven effective for treating hyper pigmentation, including melasma, on all skin types.
Melanage Peel: The melanage peel is a powerful skincare treatment made with hydroquinone and retinoic acid. The peel is designed for all skin types, and consists of a medicated masque, and an at-home regimen that helps to break up pigment and enhances skin cell turnover. This peel also stimulates collagen production, so the skin looks smoother, more toned and healthier after the healing process is complete.
Trichloracetic acid (TCA): This is a medium peel that penetrates the skin deeper than a superficial peel to cause a deeper burn. The downtime with this type of peel can range anywhere from 7 to 10 days depending on how sensitive your skin is, but it can be a very effective option for individuals with pronounced skin pigmentation.
Learn more about chemical peels in our information guide, or consult with a cosmetic dermatologist in your area to find out if you may be a good candidate for a chemical peel that will brighten the skin and reduce skin pigmentation.