Many people, especially those with ethnic/darker skin tones, get quite a large amount of discoloration on the vaginal area and around the buttocks. The underarms can be affected with this as well. This is so common that even spas are reaching out to us for ideas on how to treat these areas with peels.
While we can't say that this is something we have tested ourselves, we can tell you what we feel will work and what other spas are doing for their clients coming in with these same concerns.
Firstly we want the area to be pretreated with a melanin inhibitor for 2-3 weeks. We suggest our Fade Bright or something with hydroquinone would be a good option. These will help to lighten the pigmentation with daily use on their own - and they will help to get your skin ready for a peel that will be less likely to get PIH*. Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation. Always make sure to hydrate when you are done applying as normal.
**Before applying any peels wash the skin, use a prep solution or alcohol, and then protect any mucus areas you do NOT want acid applied to with vaseline or aquaphor or another suitable barrier ointment. Peels are NOT meant to be applied to mucus-producing areas.
Option 1. Lactic 50% peel or Mandelic 40% peel. 1-2x a month. This is a milder peel that can be applied and left on 10-15 minutes and then rinsed. It will not cause a lot of flaking. Most likely you will not see any flakes. This will take a series of 6-8 peels. *Continue use unless you are feeling dry/irritated. If this is the case the skin may need to flake. Stop! Let this complete. When the skin is feeling smooth again in a few weeks you may resume your applications.
Option 2. Jessners peel 1x a month. Jessners is a stronger, layerable peel. Two or maybe 3 layers could be done with this peel. Always listen to your body. If you are irritated, stop layering.
Option 3. TCA 13% at 2-3 layers.
As with any peels results will be cumulative. The body will also take a longer time to flake than a facial peel. So the full month will be required before another peel (layerable) can be applied again.
Daily Treatment Option
We would also like to state that many everyday products can be just as helpful withOUT a peel.
- Fade Bright melanin inhibitor 1-2x per day.
- 15% Bodywash
- Triple Treat 25% Body Lotion or Serum 30