What Is the Best Peel for Dark Spots?

peels for dark spotsWhat is the best peel for Dark Spots?

Dark spots on the skin, also referred to as hyperpigmentation, refers to areas of the skin that become darker than the surrounding areas of the skin due to conditions such as prolong sun exposure, hormones, skin aging, and more. Although there are many topical lighteners on the market designed to lighten dark spots, chemical peels can provide a way to complement and maintain results.

How do chemical peels lighten dark spots?

A chemical peel is a treatment that peels the top layer of skin to promote new skin growth and improve the appearance of melasma, sun-damage, acne scars, wrinkles, and lighten dark spots.

Peels for lightening dark spots use ingredients that remove melanin which is skin pigment. How effective a chemical peel is in lightening dark spots depends on several factors including the type of peel, the number of coats, its concentration, and application time.

What are the chemicals in peels that lighten dark spots?

The ingredients most frequently used to lighten dark spots are glycolic acid (GA), lactic acid (LA), salicylic acid (SA), and trichloracetic acid (TCA):

    • Glycolic acid (GA) peels are derived from sugarcane and are the most common alpha-hydroxy acid peel. GA peels have keratolytic, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant effects. They can be applied in low level strengths as often as every 7-10 days or higher strengths every 2-4 weeks, making this peel very adaptable to one's lifestyle with extraordinarily little downtime.


    • Lactic acid (LA), found in Medpeel Jessner Chemical Peel, is derived from milk. It works to renew the skin surface and decrease skin cell cohesion. The downtime is short to moderate; however, the remarkable results are long-lasting.


    • Salicylic acid (SA) peels work by softening keratin, a protein that forms part of the skin structure. This helps to loosen dry scaly skin making it easier to remove. Its ability to effectively exfoliate the top layer of skin and reduce inflammation makes it ideal for treating dark spots. Salicylic Acid’s winning combination of antiseptic and exfoliating properties promotes an even toned, healthy complexion!
    • Trichloracetic acid (TCA) peels are used to exfoliate and renew the skin on a superficial to deep level. In addition, TCA is also an excellent “spot treatment” and can be used to exclusively peel isolated areas of the skin. The benefits of superficial TCA peels are many, but among the most notable is the ability to adjust the depth to fit the skin problem. As more coats are applied, the peel will get deeper, as the solution goes looking for protein to neutralize itself. The long-lasting results make it an ideal peel for those who prefer fewer peeling sessions at the cost of moderate downtime.

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