A chemical peel uses an acidic chemical solution to smooth the texture of the facial skin by removing its damaged outer layers with exfoliation of the upper layers of the deeper skin and encouraging skin renewal to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, discoloration, acne, and uneven texture.
A chemical peel can treat hyperpigmentation to help achieve a more even skin tone. Chemical peels may be superficial, medium, or deep in-depth of treatment. A superficial peel can improve mild skin discoloration or blotchiness. A medium peel reaches deeper levels of the epidermis, correcting age spots, freckles and moderate discoloration. A deep peel addresses more significant discoloration issues. Prior to and after a chemical peel for hyperpigmentation, the skin will be treated with medical grade skin care to pre-lighten, decrease pigment production, and maintain the results.
A beautiful even skin tone has the same amount of melanin throughout the skin. When skin becomes hyperpigmented, some parts of the skin start producing more melanin than the others. The result is hyperpigmentation: areas of skin with spots, splotches, freckles or patches that are darker the skin around it.
There are several alternatives in treating hyperpigmentation, including laser treatments and advanced medical skin care including prescription creams. However, chemical peels remain one of the most popular and effective treatment options.
It’s important, however, to determine what skin condition is causing the pigmentation problem, because some treatments for common skin conditions may trigger or exacerbate pigmentation issues, particularly in people of color. A board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon who has experience treating hyperpigmentation can prevent such problems or address them if they occur.
Staying out of the sun and food sun protection is important to treating hyperpigmentation, as well as boosting skin cell turnover through treatments like chemical peels. By allowing the skin to shed, it strips away dead and dying skin cells at a faster rate, making room for new, even-toned skin cells.
To learn more about our chemical peel treatments, or to schedule your consultation with Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Moenster or Board-Certified Dermatologist Dr. Weyer, please fill out the form on this page. You can call our Tucson location at 520-207-3100 or our Sierra Vista location at 520-458-1787. We look forward to seeing you soon!