How Chemical Peels Can Correct Hyperpigmentation

How Chemical Peels Can Correct Hyperpigmentation

If you have discolored spots on your skin, it’s likely due to a condition known as hyperpigmentation. This causes some areas on your skin to darken more than others.

Hyperpigmentation can easily leave you feeling self-conscious — but chemical peels may be your answer.

At A to Z Dermatology, with offices in Sun City, Mesa, Chandler, Casa Grande, and Gold Canyon, Arizona, our team specializes in skin conditions and aesthetic treatments to give you a healthy glow.

Leading our team are dermatology specialists Dr. Jayshri Gamoth and Dr. Joyce Kate Forest. Along with nurse practitioners Nohe Sebhatu and Suzanne O’Rourke, our doctors offer chemical peels to help you feel your best.

What causes hyperpigmentation?

Hyperpigmentation is a condition where some of your skin appears darker than other areas. This is often due to excess melanin, which is the polymer that gives your skin its natural color. Sometimes an over-production of melanin causes clumping of pigment, which leads to dark spots.

People of any age, any race, and any ethnicity can experience hyperpigmentation. Although it may look different on other people, you may have spots that appear pink, gray, red, black, or brown. Sometimes, you may hear these spots referred to as age spots or liver spots.

There are many causes of hyperpigmentation, ranging from sun damage to medical conditions. The main culprit is damaged cells that produce too much melanin. This is usually the consequence of:

Injuries to your skin can also lead to hyperpigmentation. This includes acne scars or burns, which damage skin cells.

Understanding chemical peels

A chemical peel is an aesthetic procedure that involves applying a chemical to your skin. The chemical damages the top layers of the skin, causing them to peel off. This leaves newer, brighter skin that has less imperfections.

A number of chemical solutions can be used, depending on the amount of damage you’d like to fix. Some chemicals penetrate your skin more deeply than the epidermis, which is the top layer. These chemicals are used for more dramatic results.

Chemical peels not only address hyperpigmentation, but improve other issues as well, such as:

Our team helps you decide what type of peel is best for your skin type and the issue you’re trying to improve. Along with resurfacing the skin, chemical peels also ramp up your body’s production of collagen. This helps to give your skin a more youthful look with less wrinkles.

How do chemical peels work on hyperpigmentation?

Whether your hyperpigmentation is brown, black, or red, the chemical peel helps to get rid of them by resurfacing your skin.

There are light chemical peels, medium chemical peels, and deep chemical peels. The light chemical peel is better for more superficial hyperpigmentation and fine lines or wrinkles. The medium and deep peels remove more layers of skin, which is needed for more extensive hyperpigmentation problems.

Your skin is red and tender right after the peel. Depending on the skin depth of your peel, recovery can be from a few days to a few weeks. Our team gives you instructions on how to properly care for your skin until it heals. 

After your skin heals, you see immediate results of reduced areas of hyperpigmentation.

If youre looking to improve your skin through chemical peels, call one of our offices to make an appointment. You can also book a consultation using our online booking tool.

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