Is Chemical Peeling Good for Pigmentation?

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Is Chemical Peeling Good for Pigmentation?

In addition to treating skin conditions like fine lines, acne, scarring, and sun damage, chemical peels are also highly effective in treating dark spots or pigmentation. How much the pigmentation will be reduced depends on the type and concentration of the chemical peel being used as well as how severe the pigmentation is.

What is pigmentation?

Pigmentation, or hyperpigmentation, refers to dark patches of skin that are usually darker than your normal skin tone. It is a clustering of pigment, or excess melanin, that gives the skin this color.


In general, there are three primary causes of pigmentation:

    • Sun exposure
    • Hormonal changes
    • Inflammation

How does chemical peeling work on pigmentation?

Chemical peels are good for pigmentation because they help reduce the appearance of excess melanin from the skin by removing the surface layers of the skin, allowing healthy new layers of skin to come to the surface. When new skin is revealed, it is more evenly pigmented.

What chemical peels are good for pigmentation?

In general, there are three types of chemical peels that are good for minimizing the appearance of pigmentation:

    • Glycolic acid or alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) peels - These peels are best suited for surface pigmentation because they don’t penetrate deep into the skin. They are also better for treating those with dry skin and have extraordinarily little downtime.

    • Salicylic acid or beta hydroxy acid (BHA) peels - These are mild and provide minimal side effects. They have anti-inflammatory properties, so they are ideal for pigmentation caused by inflammation caused by acne. They are also better suited for treating those with oily skin types and have extraordinarily little downtime.


    • Trichloroacetic acid or TCA peels - This chemical peel is best for darker pigmentation or deeper deposits of melanin because it typically penetrates deeper than other peels.


When determining how deep a chemical peel will work, that depends more on the type of acid than the concentration.

Low-strength salicylic, glycolic and TCA peels found on are superficial peels that are safe and highly effective for diminishing the appearance of pigmentatio


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