Chemical Peels: Indications and Special Considerations for the Male Patient

Dermatol Surg. 2017 Nov:43 Suppl 2:S163-S173. doi: 10.1097/DSS.0000000000001281.


Background: Chemical peels are a mainstay of aesthetic medicine and an increasingly popular cosmetic procedure performed in men.

Objective: To review the indications for chemical peels with an emphasis on performing this procedure in male patients.

Materials and methods: Review of the English PubMed/MEDLINE literature and specialty texts in cosmetic dermatology, oculoplastic, and facial aesthetic surgery regarding sex-specific use of chemical peels in men.

Results: Conditions treated successfully with chemical peels in men include acne vulgaris, acne scarring, rosacea, keratosis pilaris, melasma, actinic keratosis, photodamage, resurfacing of surgical reconstruction scars, and periorbital rejuvenation. Chemical peels are commonly combined with other nonsurgical cosmetic procedures to optimize results. Male patients may require a greater number of treatments or higher concentration of peeling agent due to increased sebaceous quality of skin and hair follicle density.

Conclusion: Chemical peels are a cost-effective and reliable treatment for a variety of aesthetic and medical skin conditions. Given the increasing demand for noninvasive cosmetic procedures among men, dermatologists should have an understanding of chemical peel applications and techniques to address the concerns of male patients.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Chemexfoliation / methods*
  • Cosmetic Techniques*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Skin Aging / drug effects*
  • Skin Diseases / drug therapy*