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To peel or not to peel: options for dark skin

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Peeling for Black and Dry Skin

Many OYAs must deal with blemish-prone skinacne, dark spots, and signs of ageing… Are skin peels a good option for dark or olive skin to address these issues? What are the risks associated with this procedure?

Women with brown skin are increasingly seeking skin peels. This procedure is used to address signs of ageing and an irregular complexion to reveal brighter, younger-looking skin.

However, peels are not recommended for dark and olive skin as they carry a risk of depigmentation, scarring and hyperpigmentation (the appearance of dark spots. Results can be catastrophic, especially when trying to get rid of dark spots, as new ones can appear. For dark and olive skin, several precautions should be taken to preven irregular hyperpigmentation, which is caused by involuntary and uneven stimulation of melanocytes (skin cells that produce melanin and which give skin its colour).

Deep skin peels or any laser procedures (excluding laser removal of ingrown hairs) are not recommended for women with dark and olive skin.


Opt for superficial or medium peels. You should know that this procedure requires perfect understanding and preparation of the skin (to shut down melanin production) and precise indications made by a dermatologist or an experienced doctor with special treatments before, during and after the procedure.


Only undergo skin peels in winter and avoid all sun exposure. Never shave within two hours of the procedure, and avoid waxing within one week of the procedure.

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