Posted by: Flower Girl | 2010/10/28

DIY chemical peel kits

Hi there Doctor (me again)  -)

1) I suffer from pigmentation (I have never been preggies and is not on any contraceptive for more than 5 years now). What could be the cause as it can''t be hormonal or could it?

2) Are there any DIY chemical peels available... are they safe?

Thank you very much.

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Hi Flower Girl, thank you for getting back to me.

Melasma has a strong association with hormonal changes but there are a certain percentage of people were no link can be found. The oral contraceptive may be definitely linked to the pigmentation you are experiencing. Your best option would be to consult a dermatologist or an aesthetic medical practitioner who can examine the skin and decide on the best treatment options.

I am not aware of any effective ‘at home’ chemical peels and my advice would be to use a good SPF 50 or higher that contains zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide and to practice sun avoidance (as much as possible) and topical depigmenting creams such as NeoStrata Depigmenting Cream and Brightening Cream.

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