Many dermatologists recommend chemical peels as an effective method for dealing with acne. But are they as effective when it comes to treating someone with hyperpigmentation, or dark spots on their skin?
Dark spots are also referred to as age spots or even liver spots. They are part of the aging process and some people are more prone to developing these spots than others. If you happen to live in a hot climate or are of African or Asian decent dark spots may be a problem for you.
Dark spots or hyperpigmentation as it is correctly referred to are caused by excessive exposure to sunlight and UV rays. Be careful if you use a tanning bed!
Hyperpigmentation can also be caused by scratching acne or after suffering from severe acne. The condition can become very annoying for many people.
How a Chemical Peel Works
To remove dark spots and discoloration from your skin your dead skin cells must be removed. This removal process will allow your hair follicles to breathe again. Plus the excess oil inside will be removed.
Two of the more commonly used chemical peels used are peels containing Alpha-Hydroxy Acids and Beta Hydroxy Acids. The Beta Acids can be very harsh on your skin and dermatologists prefer to use Alpha Hydroxy peels as much as possible.
Another great chemical peel is one containing lactic acid. This is a very mild and gentle acid which allows your skin to shed layers effectively, without any harsh side effects.
Sour milk contains lactic acid and could be tried first as a home remedy. Or try and find natural products containing this ingredient. Other acids that are used for removing dead skin cells are lemon and orange juice. As well as removing the skin layers the acid will help to gently bleach your dark spots.
Chemical peels should be applied to your skin avoiding the eye area and left for between 1 and 10 minutes. The time will depend on how stringent the chemical peel is.
This process may need to be repeated once a week for up to 4 weeks. If you are uncertain as to when to use your peel seek professional help first.
While many chemical peels are suitable for home use, some such as Phenol peels must be performed by a dermatologist. This type of peel can take up to two hours to complete during which time your skin should be closely monitored.
Chemical peels are a wonderful solution for treating hyperpigmentation. Just research the products that you intend to use first and always buy the best quality peel that you can afford.