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Peels for Dark Complexions

Black to red pigmentation is balanced when treated with a peel by revealing new skin and removing hyperpigmentation.

There are more than 35 different shades of different colored skins all varying in shades and intensities. There are many physical and chemical factors that contribute to the variability of shades and patches of hypo and hyperpigmentation.

Melanocytes are responsible for the level of dark brownish pigment present in the skin. These are the cells that produce melanin and are located deep in the living layer of the epidermis. 

Melanin comes in two colors; black and red. Everyone has close to the same number of melanocytes in their skin, but the melanocytes in darker complexions are genetically programmed to create more melanin, are twice as big and are evenly distributed throughout all skin layers. The difference in skin color from person to person is the balance of black to red pigment.

Contrary to belief, dark complexions are just as sensitive if not more than light complexions, therefore, special precautions and care are necessary when peeling them. Dark skin is not thicker, oilier or tougher than light skin. The layers of skin present in someone with a dark complexion are more compact than someone with a lighter complexion.

The darker the skin, the higher the tendency to become dry because of a decrease in the skin’s ability to retain water.  The density of the outer layer affects their lipids (skin oils), resulting in a loss of moisture so darker skins suffer from dryness and superficial dehydration and contain the lowest amount of ceramides.

The darker the skin, the more gently it must be treated. Ultraviolet light should be avoided during and post peeling. This process stimulates melanin production and it is rapidly darkened.

Protecting your skin from the sun is the most important part of the healing process if you have a darker complexion. Once the skin peels off, some darker skins may get post-inflammatory pigmentation. This normal and is the skin’s normal response to trauma. Since melanin is designed as part of the skin barrier to defend and protect itself, some pigmentation after your peel is to be expected, however, this will fade over time as healthy growing cells rise to the surface leaving your skin smooth, glowing and healthy.