Are Chemical Peels Safe for Dark Skin?

Happy woman with closed eyes touching soft smooth skin on her cheeks over grey background There are a lot of myths about chemical peels, but one of the biggest is that they aren’t suitable for patients with dark skin. While they carry different risks for patients of color, chemical peels are safe in the right hands. The key is choosing a provider with expertise in all skin tones so she can pick the best peel for you.

Board-certified, and skin of color dermatologist Dr. Dina Strachan has used chemical peels to minimize various cosmetic issues for patients of all skin colors. Read on to learn how she ensures each treatment at Aglow Dermatology is safe and effective.

How to Choose the Best Chemical Peel Provider for Dark Skin

If you’ve been told you can’t get a chemical peel in the past because of your skin tone, the provider likely wasn’t familiar with dermatological considerations for dark skin. Melanin-rich skin responds differently than pale skin to certain chemicals, which means those with dark skin have a higher risk of developing hyperpigmentation from a chemical peel in the wrong hands.

Unfortunately, there’s still a gap in dermatology literature, resources, and education when it comes to treating people of color. However, there are still qualified dermatologists who specialize in this area.

When choosing a provider, you should look for a board-certified dermatologist with extensive knowledge of ethnic skin considerations. Dr. Strachan works with patients of all skin colors, taking each patient’s skin sensitivities into account. 

Chemical Peel Benefits for Skin of Color

Patients of African, Asian, and Latino heritage can experience major benefits from chemical peels when administered by a skilled provider. If you have rough skin, sun damage, fine lines, acne, or scars, a chemical peel could help. While it’s often listed as a risk, the right peel can also minimize hyperpigmentation which is more common in people of color. 

If post-treatment pigmentation issues are a concern, a superficial glycolic or salicylic acid can be used first to ensure your skin reacts well. Deep phenol peels should be skipped, but trichloroacetic acid (TCA) peels may also be safe and helpful at lower concentrations. With medium-depth peels, Dr. Strachan can prescribe a topical to prep your skin for two to three weeks before your treatment.

Book Your NYC Chemical Peel

Don’t let misinformation be the reason you miss out on chemical peels. This non-invasive dermatological treatment can produce stunning results in Dr. Strachan’s qualified hands. Call 212-627-1004 to book your appointment at Aglow Dermatology in New York, NY, and experience the benefits for yourself.

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