Chemical peels are among the available methods of melasma treatment. Melasma is a condition in which a patient’s pigmentation develops dark freckle-like spots on exposed surfaces like the forehead, nose, lips and cheeks. Melasma causes facial skin discoloration especially in pregnant women and can adversely affect the quality of one’s life. The chemical procedure for treating melasma involves the removal of dead skin, bringing out the new skin underneath that is usually wrinkle free.
Medium Peels for Melasma
In melasma treatment, this method uses a combination of chemicals to remove lines and blemishes as well as lighten the dark spots. Some of these chemicals are derived from fruits, vinegar and even sugar cane. There are three main types of chemical peels namely superficial, medium and deep peels.
Medium peels are used in melasma treatment since they penetrate deeper than superficial peels. The main agent used in medium peels is the trichloroacetic acid. This form of treatment may sometimes leave second degree burns. However, medium peels are more appropriate than deep chemical face peels used in the worst cases of skin conditions.
Medium peels may bring about the desired effects of melasma treatment but one should always take note of some of the problems associated with chemical peels. Medium and deep chemical peels are normally associated with excessive peeling of the skin and can cause scarring. They also cause redness of the skin and a stinging or numb sensation after excessive application. It is highly recommended to consult a dermatologist before applying chemical peels.