Questions re pigment problems, peels and hydroquinones?
Hi Annie – many of the answers to your questions depend on:
- Your underlying skin type – dermatology uses a 1-6 scale at the moment with 1 being almost no pigment like a true redhead and 6 being a very dark espresso shade. Pigment behaves differently in each.
- Where you live – you will be much more exposed to UV light in Texas than Canada
- How much time you spend outside – someone training for a marathon or with an outdoor job, has different UV light issues than someone in an office all day.
Also, your situation is complicated and do you have a dermtologist advising you – if not – please see our resources guide to find a good dermatologist near you.
I hear you about this pigmentation getting worse. In some patients hydroquinones and/or peels DO make the pigment worse. It’s a very delicate balance sometimes.
Please write again if you want with more of the specifics.
Hope this helps, Dr. I