Chemical Peels for Darker Skin Tones

Chemical Peel Gilbert AZYou may have been told that you shouldn’t get chemical peels if you have darker skin, but that’s not quite true. Darker skin is more likely to get hyperpigmentation (or uneven pigmentation) after a harsh chemical peel, so it’s very important to be careful with your skin. Learn how to keep your skin flawless below.

According to WebMD, chemical peels can be extremely beneficial for a lot of different skin issues such as:

  • Minimizing fine lines and wrinkles caused by movement or smoking around the lips
  • Smooth wrinkles that are caused by excess exposure to sun
  • Benefit the appearance of smaller, mild scars
  • Help treat certain types of acne over time
  • Lighten dark patches of skin caused by pregnancy, age spots, and even freckles
  • Enhance the texture of skin

People with darker skin tones do have different skincare needs (beyond the basics of cleanse, hydrate, and wear sunscreen). Namely, the Melanocytes which produce melanin ( the substance that creates skin color) create different amounts of melanin in each person. If you have fairer skin, your melanocytes don’t create very much melanin (if any at all). The darker your skin tone, the more melanin your melanocytes produce.

People with darker skin are more likely to get Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH), or darkening discoloration of the skin due to trauma (like acne, or even a small cut or bruise. Though PIH can fade on its own, it takes time and care while out in the sun. If you’re trying to get rid of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (say that ten times fast!) then you will need to be very good with applying and reapplying sunscreen.

In a strange twist, chemical peels can help resolve PIH more quickly, but can also help create more trauma than we want. This is what we are concerned about when we talk about chemical peels. Peels that go too deep into the skin can create heat or erythema, which might disrupt melanin synthesis and create unusual melanin distribution. One reason why you want to see a professional who is familiar with darker skin tones is because deep penetration of a chemical peel may also destroy the melanocyte itself.

If you have darker skin, we want to be more gentle with treatment, and use less harsh chemical peels. If you’re interested in a chemical peel with us, give us a call today at (480) 638-9165.

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