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Used chemical peel on face. Having dark pigmentation under the lips. Solution?

I am 45 years old and I am an African American female. Like most people of my ethnic background I came into this world a much lighter skin tone than I am right now. By black people standards when I was born I was light skinned. I was not not high yellow but I was on the light side. In my childhood I received several dark hyper-pigmentation scars on my arms and legs. On my face I did a mild home chemical peel when I was around 20 years old, and it left a very dark hyper-pigmentation scar under my entire lower lip . I am very self conscious about these scars. Putting make-up on the scarring sometimes just makes it more obvious. Which then makes me even more embarrassed about the situation. What advise can you give me.
Asked On : Tue, 15 Jan 2013
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Dermatologist 's  Response

To treat your pigmentation issue try these recommendations-

Use a sunscreen with SPF more than50

Take oral vitamin c supplements and antioxidants

Apply a mild Glycolic acid based or Kojic acid based skin lightening cream every day.

Chemical peels should always be done by a doctor as it can have post inflammatory hyperpigmentation as its side effect. Nevertheless a doctor supervised peel can again be taken to reduce PIH.

Hope that answers your query. Take care
Answered: Thu, 17 Jan 2013
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Dermatologist Dr. Tanusree Biswas's  Response
hi..Thanks for the query..
Chemical peels very infrequently result in post inflammatory hyper pigmentation on the spots which are more sensitive e.g. corner of nose,around eyes,around lips.So before application of the peel ,it is essential to apply a think later of petroleum jelly coating on the same.Next time when you do it,you can follow the necessary precautions.
As for the existing spots ,you can use topical Hydroquinone 2% once daily at night on the darker areas,taking care not to touch it in the surrounding normal skin.Its a must to use a Sunscreen with the GOOD SPF, preferably broad spectrum ( with both UVA/UVB ) coverage throughout the day ,as this prevents the constant stimuli of UV light to these spots to darken further.
Take care!
Answered: Wed, 16 Jan 2013
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