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Chemical Peels

Wondering if anyone has experience with chemical peels to treat hyperpigmentation and can they be used around the eye area?  Any info would be greatly appreciated.  

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they have some sucess if the hyperpigmentation is mild. it can be used with great care near the eye, but not too close. you will experience stinging and a sun burn sensation immediately after, then the skin will grow tight and start to peel. scabbing is a possibility, if you choose to pursue this you cannot get in the sun at all for at least a week and it is best if you have no sun exposure for a week before to minimize the dramatic cracking skin that can occur.

don't pick loose skin, as unsightly as it may be, picking causes scarring.
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Hyperpigmentation Removal treatments are used to eradicate darkened areas of the skin which may result from hormones, sun damage, injuries, skin-type characteristics, medications and more.  Hyperpigmentation lesions can be anything from melasma/cholasma often attributed to pregnancy or hormonal imbalances to freckles.

There are several creams availabe over the counter. They are Hydroquinone 2-4%, Creams  containing Azelaic acid or Kojic acid and also Vit A based ointment called Tretinoin. Any of these, single or combined can be used on areas of hyperpigmentation, but they mah have side effects of redness, burning, itching etc.

The first step is consulting with a qualified surgeon or dermatologist to determine the cause and then go over your options for a solution.  For instance, you may be a candidate for hydroquinone use in hyperpigmentations or chemical peels but not laser resurfacing.  Some may only need medication cessation or substitution.

For surgical intervention an individual must be in good health, not have any active diseases or pre-existing medical conditions and must have realistic expectations of the outcome of your treatment.

Laser resurfacing is one among a host of options which you can check on the website quoted below. In this procedure, actual removal of the hyperpigmented areas is done via laser peels.  These treatments evaporate the first few layers (or even deeper) of damaged or pigmented skin to reveal fresh, even toned skin.

Wearing a sunscreen is a must. The sunscreen must be "broad spectrum" (i.e. it blocks both UVA and UVB). A single day of excess sun can undo months of treatment.

It would be advisable to consult a skin specialist for your symptoms and a proper clinical examination if your symptoms persist.

Let us know if you need any other information and post us on how you are doing.

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