Can a Chemical Peel Help Get Rid of Dark Spots?

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While it is often possible to conceal or minimize the appearance of skin discoloration with makeup, many patients experience the inconvenience, expense, and other downsides of constantly having to "hide" their complexion. Instead, most men and women would prefer to have a smooth, even, radiant natural complexion they can show off confidently. One of the most popular and effective skin care treatments for minimizing dark spots and evening out the complexion overall is the chemical peel — which can be customized based on the type of skin discoloration you are struggling with and other personal factors. Here, double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Jaimie DeRosa and our team of aesthetic skin care specialists in Boston, MA explain how our comprehensive suite of chemical peel treatments available at The DeRosa Center can help you tackle your dark spots and leave you looking and feeling your best.

Will hyperpigmentation go away on its own?

There are many different types of hyperpigmentation and skin discoloration that people may develop throughout their lives, including:

  • Melasma
  • Dark spots
  • Age spots
  • Sun damage
  • Rosacea
  • Dullness
  • Acne scarring

Additionally, uneven skin tone and dark spots can be caused by a variety factors, such as age, genetics, sun exposure, certain medications, hormone changes, and others. While some forms of skin discoloration — like hormone-induced melasma during pregnancy — may resolve on their own, many will not. In fact, patients often find that sun damage, dark spots, age spots, and other types of hyperpigmentation actually worsen over time if left untreated.

How does a chemical peel help with hyperpigmentation?

Chemical peels come in a variety of different types and strengths, each of which can be customized to align with your specific needs and goals. Generally speaking, chemical peels work by superficially "destroying" one or more layers of damaged skin cells, which triggers the production of new, healthy skin cells that ultimately result in a brighter, more even, youthful-looking complexion. For patients with discoloration, sun damage, and other forms of hyperpigmentation, a chemical peel helps to remove the damaged and overly pigmented cells near the skin's surface, replacing them with new, clearer cells thereafter.

Which type of chemical peel works for hyperpigmentation?

One of the most popular chemical peel FAQs is, "Which type of chemical peel do I need?", and the answer will vary from patient to patient based on their skin type, individual concerns, goals, and other factors. Our dedicated team is proud to offer a versatile array of chemical peel choices to meet the varying needs of our patients, and we will first conduct a comprehensive skin assessment to determine which kind of chemical peel — and which strength of chemical peel — may be most appropriate and effective for you. Some of our most popular chemical peel treatments include:

  • VI® Peel: The VI line of chemical peels ranges in strength from light to heavy and is designed to meet the unique skin care needs of almost any and every patient. Ask us which one is right for you.
  • RevePeel®: A medical-grade, deep chemical peel that is powerful enough to treat hyperpigmentation, melasma, fine lines, acne scars, and age spots. You will need about a week to recover following this chemical peel.
  • Enlighten® Peel: Enlighten combats blemishes and reduces skin pigmentation while increasing luminosity and equalizing your skin tone. This peel is great for nearly all skin types and tones.
  • TCA Cross: Short for trichloroacetic acid, TCA Cross is a medical-grade solution that is effective in the treatment of acne scars. The solution is not applied to the entire face and is, instead, applied to the individual scars for precise treatment.

What else can a chemical peel do for my skin?

While many patients turn to chemical peel treatments to even out dark spots, that is just one of the benefits of chemical peels. Some of the most common skin concerns that can be greatly improved with a personalized chemical peel from our Boston, MA aesthetic skin care team include:

  • Fine lines
  • Wrinkles
  • Dull skin
  • Dark spots
  • Patchy skin
  • Rough skin
  • Aging skin
  • Redness
  • Enlarged pores
  • Acne scarring

If you're interested in learning more about transforming your complexion and sending your confidence soaring, don't hesitate to reach out to schedule a consultation with one of our specialists today.

Get the celebrity skin you've always dreamed of with a customized chemical peel in Boston, MA

Even with a dedicated at-home skin care regimen, it can be impossible to avoid changes in your skin — particularly with age and sun damage — but a chemical peel can help restore a smoother, more even look. Don't sit back and let your discoloration worsen. Take charge of your complexion and repair your skin today by calling The DeRosa Center to schedule your consultation for a custom chemical peel with one of our experienced skin care specialists, under the direction of double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jaimie DeRosa, and get one step closer to the radiant new complexion you deserve.