Out With Bleaching; In With TCA Peeling For A Lighter Tone

Skin peeling is a beauty treatment in which a chemical solution is applied to the skin, causing it to "blister" and eventually peel off to reveal fresher, newer skin.

This treatment is not new and is quite commonly practised in Jamaica by dermatologists and at spas. However, the pictures circulating on social media show a form of deep skin peel, which dermatologist Arlene Rose does not recommend for Jamaicans with dark skin.

"There are different types of skin peeling and some, such as the phenol and TCA peels, are not to be done on black skin at all because they go too deep and damage the layer that produces melanin (the dark pigment). When this happens, the person can get unsightly dark patches and irreversible skin damage," she said.

Rose stressed that skin peels are not intended to be a form of skin bleaching and is not to be used for that purpose.

"Skin peeling is a way of refreshing the outer layer of the skin, which normally sheds so you get a fresher, newer look, however, skin peels do not bleach at all - they simply remove the damaged dead cells," Rose said.

Since the pictures have surfaced on social media, many Jamaicans have strongly criticized the practice of using extra-strength skin peels to attain light skin.

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