Chemical peels can be a highly effective treatment for hyperpigmentation.


There are several chemicals and strengths available depending on the needs of the individual.


Superficial peels use alpha or beta hydroxy acid to remove the outermost layer of skin.


Salicylic acid, which can be used for postinflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) and acne.

Mendelic acid is useful for hyperpigmentation and melasma.


Medium peels e.g. trichloroacetic 

Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) penetrates deeply and can be used for actinic keratoses without causing further damage.


There are a wealth of skin care products on the market intended to treat unwanted pigmentation. These are applied the same way moisturizer is applied, making them time effective. Many contain herbs, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants meant to lighten and brighten skin tones. Some have lower doses of acids used in chemical peels, like salicylic acid.  These are a non-invasive way to treat pigmentation and improve overall appearance. Most include ingredients to counteract other aspects of aging, such as fine lines and wrinkles.