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Dark circles around the eyes, discoloration of facial skin. Chemical peel advised. Any side effect?

i have severe dark circles around the eyes.also my facial skin is damaged due to sun my body and facial colour is dermetologist suggested me to do the chemical peel(glycolic).is it safe to do that?any side efffect will come after that?or plz suggest me a good remedy. now i am drinking more water and juices
Asked On : Tue, 6 Nov 2012
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Dermatologist 's  Response
Dark circles have variable causes like chronic disesase(iron deficiency, thyroid disorder, atopy, allergic rhinitis) ,lifestyle factors(stress, anxiety,long waking hours , more use of laptops, vision strain), hereditary factors and localised factors(thin under eye skin along with micro leaks of blood through underlying fineblood vessels).

The treatment involves lifestyle modification that is improving your sleep pattern, treating the underlying disease that is anemia or thyroid disorder and use of various topical depigmentary undereye creams. Also peels specifically meant for thin undereye skin and mesotherapy sessions could be used. Glycolic peels can be taken for dark circles. If done by an expert, they are completely safe. After peels, moisturise the area properly, avoid sun exposure and apply a good sunscreen.

Dark circles are quite stubborn as they take long time treatment to go, so perseverence with any treatment is required. Hope that solves your query,take care
Answered: Wed, 7 Nov 2012
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Dermatologist Dr. Jawad Shahzad's  Response
Hi There,
I can understand your concerns regarding the peels. As you have mentioned Glycolic acid peel so i would concentrate on that.
I think its very safe if a Properly trained dermatologists in peels is advising you regarding this options. so make sure he knows this very well.
secondly you have asked me about the side effects so it depends whether he is performing a superficial or a deep chemical peel.I would tell you some common side effects that i com across
Before someone advises you the peels they should also tell you that we usally put patients on some pre peels creams which improve the results of the peels and reduce the recovery time after the peels so you should discuss that option with your doctor.
1:after applying the peel its very common to have some facial redness and swelling just like a sun burn but it should be fine within a day or two. 2:complications includes increased swelling,redness and sometimes infection aswel.
3:in rare ocassions one have scarring and some blotchy pigmentations afterwards.
The bottom line is that chemical peels can be very beneficials if done by the expert and the comlications can be avoided by following the instructions given to you by your doctor.
thanks alot and all the best
Answered: Wed, 7 Nov 2012
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