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Had upper lip, chin waxing. Red rashes appeared with even darker pigmentation in the area. Suggestions for hair removal?

I recently waxed my upper lip and chin a week after the first time i noticed these dark pigmentation on the right side of my lip and chin, they were quite small but were extremely dark and noticeable. i returned for my second wax two weeks ago and explained to the beautician what had happened, she assured me it had nothing to do with the wax and was merely some hyper pigmentation. after that wax my face was extremely red for a few days and i developed some red rashes and bumps on the areas that were waxed. since then the dark patches have returned but even darker this time! i am black African but quite fair in color and the dark patches around my lip and chin is ridiculously evident and takes a lot of concealer to cover. is there anything i can do to get rid of these dark pigments? I would like to continue with my waxes as i am quite hairy and on the two occasions that i waxed i have noticed a substantial improvement in the hair growth. what would you recommend?
Asked On : Thu, 24 Jan 2013
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hi..Thanks for the query..
The black /dark spots that you mention are known an post inflammatory hyper pigmentation ,which is a very common form of pigmentation to remain after any injury/disorder of skin. Waxing/epilation might cause an infection of hair follicles which is a common cause of this spots.The earlier you treat them ,the better are the chances of them lightening.
You can use a topical cream having 2% hydroquinone once daily on the spots, taking care not to spread it into the surrounding areas.Do this for about a month and see if they lighten.
You can also do few sessions of GLYCOLIC peels on the spots only from a qualified dermatologist.this help faster exfoliation and lightening of deeper layers of pigmentation.
You must always use a broad spectrum sunscreen with or without the above measures to prevent the spots from darkening by exposure to UV light daily..
You can try Laser hair reductions ...They are safe for skin and the body..However the choice of Laser depends on the skin type which has to be done by a trained dermatologist.

take care!
Answered: Sat, 26 Jan 2013
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