Mark A. Codner, M.D.
I am a 16 year old female. I would like to know whether phenol peels are offered to younger people who are suffering from hyper pigmentation. This resulted from Melasma due to oral contraceptives for hormone corrections and to fix hirsutism and other discolorations that are from hair removal. These things have greatly affected my skin color and detract from my appearance. Can I have a phenol peel at my age and will it take care of the problem?
I would not recommend a phenol peel as the first line of treatment. I would consider a skin care program including Retin A and Hydroquinine, perhaps followed by a TCA peel. This is less invasive for Melasma.