After receiving a TCA peel one of the side effects can be post peel hyperpigmentation which is usually caused by sun exposure to your sensitive new skin that you’ve treated with a chemical peel. Chemical peels are a great way to remove pigmentation from the skin and even out skin tone but if they’re not cared for properly afterwards the exact opposite can occur. Whenever there’s trauma to the skin or sun exposure to freshly peeled skin this can cause an increase in melanin production leading to hyperpigmentation marks which can range from light red to brown and dark marks. These hyperpigmented areas are rarely permanent but they can be disheartening to someone trying hard to improve their complexion only to end up with hyperpigmentation problems. The best way to treat this problem is to avoid it as much as possible to begin with but there are solutions if it does happen but nothing will work overnight.
Avoid Sun Exposure After Peeling
Sun exposure must be avoided after a peel, your new skin simply isn’t prepared to handle the damaging rays of the sun like your other more weathered skin. This is why many people choose to peel in the winter months when sun exposure is less of an issue. Even on a cloudy winter day though it’s important to use a strong sunscreen. Use a strong sun block with an SPF of at least 30 that blocks a broad spectrum of UV rays. Your freshly peeled skin will produce melanin more quickly than your unpeeled skin since it’s much more sensitive to the sunlight. Also you should consider using a sun block whenever you’re out in the sun since the sun is the main cause of aging skin, free radical damage and inflammation of the skin.
Dark Skin and Post Peel Hyper Pigmentation
Dark and black skin skin types are much softer and a TCA Peel can be too harsh for darker skin tones leading to post peel hyperpigmentation. Less aggressive glycolic acid peels are more suitable for dark skin and can achieve many of the same results as TCA Peels on fair skin.
Avoid Excessive Heat Exposure
You should also avoid excessive heat to your face after having a peel, that means no sitting by the campfire and being careful taking food out of hot ovens. Excessive heat exposure can also cause hyperpigmenation problems.
If You Experience Hyperpigmentation
It’s not the end, this type of pigmentation is rarely permanent. Most dermatologists and cosmetic surgeons treat this with Retin A tretinoin creams and skin lightening products. Tretinoin creams can usually remove post peel hyperpigmentation and can take anywhere from 3 weeks to 3 months. If you end up with pigmentation problems following a peel we recommend visiting your doctor or dermatologist if needed or trying our Better Complexions brand Retin A tretinoin cream or our Ultra Whitening product with 10% Tranexamic acid + .1% tretinoin. You can also try another peel to remove the hyperpigmentation but only after the first one is completely healed and practice excellent follow up care.