A 17-year-old male asked:

Can i know if darkened skin from chemical burn like benzoyl peroxide will be able to heal on its own and return to the same skin tone as the surrounding skin ? how long does it usually take to heal or is it permanent ?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Moisturizers help: When acne creams or gels are strong on the face, and there is facial inflammation, twice a day moisturizing cream helps. Such patients may find that over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream twice a day for one week, can also help. One can talk with one's primary care doctor or a dermatologist, to get more help if worried. Life is not so predictable. Skin darkening sometimes take years to fade.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Last updated Dec 13, 2017

People also asked

Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
$44 video appointments with $19/month membership*
*Billed $57 every 3 months. Cancel anytime.


Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.