Glycolic Acid

Glycolic acid is derived from sugar cane and is a type of alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA). It is present in various skin care products, as it an excellent exfoliant. It sheds dead skin cells to reveal brighter skin underneath. It is also used during chemical peeling.

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The doctor has prescribed me glycolic acid cream for melasma. Kindly help me with how to use this.

Query: Hi doctor, My friend gifted me a pack that contains vitamin C serum, Hyaluronic acid, Niacinamide, and Retinol. I need to learn how to use it. The doctor prescribed Glyco 12 (Glycolic acid cream) for melasma. Please advise me on how to use these products.  Read Full »

Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty

Answer: Hello, Welcome to First, the product kit gifted by your friend is a perfect combination for treating skin disorders. These skin disorders include discoloration, textural variations, mild acne, skin tone differences, dark spots due to post inflammatory hyperpigmentation, and excessivel...  Read Full »

How can I manage tan, dark, dry and itchy skin?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 32 years old. My hands are very tan, dark, dry, and itchy. I have this in my whole body. Please suggest sunscreen for my hands and to clear my dark skin as I am getting married in two months.  Read Full »

Dr. Ashwini. V. Swamy

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Tanning from sunlight needs a few weeks to fade. People having type 4 skin produce more melanin on exposure to sunlight. Tanning is a kind of protection from the sun so that we do not burn. To remove this sun tan and avoid further exposure to sunlight, I suggest using su...  Read Full »

Can microdermabrasion and glycolic acid peel make my skin look darker?

Query: Hello doctor, I am very much worried about my skin color. I have taken two sittings of microdermabrasion and two sittings of glycolic acid peel. But, I am not able to see any change, and that too, my skin looks darker. Would it be a chemical peel side effect? Now I am using branded face wash and sun...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashwini. V. Swamy

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Microdermabrasion and chemical peel are the procedures to improve skin texture. They exfoliate the damaged superficial layer of skin, thereby lightening the hyperpigmentation on the skin. This removes the dead cells in the skin, facilitating the new layer of cells to gr...  Read Full »

Will Vitamin C help in clearing post acne marks?

Query: Hello doctor, I have severe hyperpigmentation on my body, specifically around my chest (this may be a result of acne scarring). Is it possible for me to use facial brightening treatments (like Vitamin C) on my body as well? Is there any specific products that work after exfoliation.  Read Full »

Dr. Sneha Mariam Varghese

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Yes, you can use creams or lotions containing hyaluronic acid, Niacinamide, growth factors, vitamin C complex, collagen, retinol complex, squalene, glycolic acid, and azelaic acid for reducing the post-acne pigmentation. For exfoliation, y...  Read Full »

How can dark patches on the cheeks be treated?

Query: Hello doctor, My 21-year-old cousin, whose height is 181 cm and weighs 120 kg, has dark patches on his cheeks. Photos are attached. The patient had already consulted a doctor regarding this year ago. The doctor had suggested that it might be acanthosis nigricans and suggested cholesterol evaluation....  Read Full »

Dr. Sampada Avinash Thakare

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through the photos (attachment removed to protect patient identity) Yes, it can be acanthosis nigricans. But does he have similar pigmentation over the nape of the neck, groin area, and armpits? His serum cholesterol levels are raised. He also is overw...  Read Full »

Are underarm skin peeling treatments effective?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 24 year old female. I have dark underarms. I used hair removal cream when I was a teenager. I went to a dermatologist and she suggested a skin peeling treatment. It is expensive. So, I just wanted to know if such procedures are effective and for how long? Or are there any cream...  Read Full »

Dr. Sushil Kakkar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have noted your concern. You may use Litearm Lotion for dark underarms. It contains Glycolic acid as the main active ingredient which has a skin lightening and exfoliating action. Chemical peeling too induces skin exfoliation thus shedding off excess pigment....  Read Full »

Why is my underarm too dark?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 23 years old and I have this problem for the last three years. My underarm is too dark and I cannot wear sleeveless tops. I am getting married soon and am really embarrassed because the sensitive area is also with dark skin and I really need an absolute solution.  Read Full »

Dr. Sushil Kakkar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have noted your concern. Dark body folds are more commonly seen in those who are overweight. If that is the case, then weight issues need to be addressed. I suggest you use either a Kojic acid or Glycolic acid based cream for the dark body folds. Regards. For further...  Read Full »

What are these freckle-like spots on my nose and cheeks?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 21 year old female. On my nose and some parts of the cheeks, there are freckle-kind of spots which I thought was alright to have. But, now I noticed that it is increasing from the last few years. What are these? Are these pigmentations or freckles? Can it be removed totally? Wha...  Read Full »

Dr. Sampada Avinash Thakare

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Kindly send me an imageof your condition.   Read Full »

Can I use Rejuglow Gel for skin whitening. I have very tanned skin. Give me suggestions.

Query: Hello, I am a 22 year old, male. I have a very sensitive skin, even after using sunscreens, it is tanned. Suggest me any skin whitening pills.  Read Full »

Dr. Kalpana Pathak

Answer: Hi, Thanks for writing to us. As such there are no skin whitening pills. Glutathione pills are marketed as skin whitening pill, but its use is not recommended by doctors. It is essential to know how you use your sunscreen. Sunscreens with SPF 30 are good for regular use. Sunscreen should be a...  Read Full »

Can you suggest the best possible treatment for skin discoloration?

Query: Hi doctor, What is the best option for skin discoloration? I have had a few laser treatments, but it does not seem to be working. I am not sure if it is sun damage or melasma, but it definitely got much worse after having a baby last year. I had a total skin rejuvenation laser treatment three times....  Read Full »

Dr. G.s.s. Sandeep

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your concern is melasma, that is, pigmentation due to photosensitivity. It can be reduced but cannot be removed. All procedures will be temporary. So, never depend on any procedures for removing the pigmentation. We can reduce the pigmentation and can be maintained. I sug...  Read Full »

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