Chemical Peel Treatment on Legs

The effectiveness of a chemical peel treatment on legs seems to be an issue that raises some questions. Therefore, the matter should be left to the treating dermatologic surgeon’s discretion.

Chemical peels are meant to treat skin flaws from the body areas having the skin that responds well to a chemical peel treatment.  Some of the body areas do not go well with the peels and may not produce the desired results. The effectiveness of a chemical peel treatment on legs seems to be in question since the skin on the legs doesn’t seem to agree with a chemical peel treatment.  Therefore, the results won’t be that encouraging.  Well, let’s explore this issue and find out what the experts have to say about it, and how the different peels work on the skin.

Experts Opinion on Chemical Peel Treatment on Legs

  • Some facial plastic surgeons are of the opinion that the use of chemical peels on areas other than the face invites some risks, and shouldn’t be tried unless a dermatologist deems it necessary.
  • Color change in the legs or on the trunk that is not associated with tanning should be addressed by a dermatologist to assess the situation and recommend a suitable course of action (that could be, most probably, not a chemical peel treatment).
  • According to some Oculoplastic surgeons, chemical peels treatment on the face undergoes normal healing, and on other parts of the body, the healing may not be so normal and the risk of scaring exists.  Perhaps a superficial peel can be tried that may or may not improve the condition.
  • A chemical peel treatment on legs that starts with glycolic peel followed by a TCA peel can produce the desired results.  Peels deeper than this should be avoided since they may cause scarring.

Similar other opinions strongly disagree for the use of chemical peels on legs where you have to treat post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation, especially if you have dark or brown skin.  Dark skin individuals are more prone to get dark spots after acne, or insects’ bites, but they should avoid any chemical peel treatment since it may worsen the condition.

Chemical Peel Treatment on Legs, the Solution

Well, if you further explore this issue, most of the opinions disagree using a chemical peel treatment on legs, especially if you are having dark or brown skin.  However, on fair skins, people use glycolic acid peel and get some results after going through multiple treating sessions.

Those who wish to treat dark brown spots on the legs can try some lighter peels to exfoliate the skin.  They may, or may not, get the desired results.  If you are having darker skin and decide to  use a harsher peel, don’t do that, since aggressive peels actually darken the skin further.  In such cases, you may try tretinoin cream containing retin-A, mild cortisone creams, hydroquinone, and azelaic acid.  However, it is better to leave the matter to the discretion of a dermatologic surgeon who can decide the right course of action that suits your conditions more.

Such disputed treating methods shouldn’t be tried unless there is some conclusive evidence to show they are free from any harmful effects and, at the same time, can treat the conditions that we want to get rid of.  A dermatologist is the right source to get the proper advice since he or she stays in touch with latest development.

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