A chemical peel contains deep exfoliants that can break up melanin that forms dark discoloration, or spots, on the skin. There are various concentrations and types of chemical peels. (If you are uncertain which one is best for you, take our 3 Minute Peel Quiz).
Light peels are usually the best way to go if you are new to chemical peels and can be used at home to treat surface-level dark spots. Here we’ll discuss how chemical peels can help with discoloration and explore some of the best treatment options.
Can Chemical Peels Help Discoloration?
In addition to treating fine lines, acne, scarring and sun damage, chemical peels are great for treating discoloration and dark spots. How much the discoloration will be reduced depends on the type and concentration of the peel being used, as well as the severity of the discoloration.
How Do Chemical Peels Work for Discoloration?
Discoloration, in the form of hyperpigmentation or dark spots, are characterized by patches of skin that are darker than your normal skin tone. These patches are caused by excess melanin, or skin pigment, clustering on the skin. Some common causes of discoloration are inflammation, sun exposure, and hormonal changes.
Chemical peels can help reduce discoloration by removing the uppermost layers of the skin, allowing the new healthy skin layers underneath to be exposed. By doing this, chemical peels can reduce the appearance of discoloration by removing excess melanin from the skin. When skin heals, it will be more evenly pigmented.
What Is the Best Chemical Peel for Discoloration?
In general, there are four types of chemical peels that work best for discoloration:
Salicylic Acid Peels – Salicylic Acid Peels or Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) peels are best suited for those with oily skin. They are mild and gentle and are well suited to treat discoloration caused by inflammation or acne. We recommend Medpeel Salicylic Acid Peels and Medpeel Alpha Beta Peels.
Glycolic Acid Peels – Glycolic acid peels or Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) peels are best suited for treating surface level discoloration because it does go deep into the skin. They are also better for those with dry skin. We recommend Medpeel Glycolic Acid Peels or Medpeel AHA Vitamin C Brightening Peels.
*Note Glycolic 70% peels are not recommended for dark skin tones.
Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA) Peels – Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA) Peels penetrate deeper than other peels making them ideal for deeper deposits of melanin. We recommend Medpeel TCA Peels.
Lactic Acid Peels – Lactic Acid Peels are also AHA peels but they’re milder than glycolic acid. Since it doesn’t penetrate the skin as deep as glycolic acid, it’s better for those with sensitive skin. We recommend Medpeel Jessner Peel which can be applied in layers depending on the sensitivity of your skin.
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