Chemical peeling, or chemexfoliation, has been used for centuries to improve signs of ultraviolet light-induced sun damage. Over the last 30 years, the science behind chemical peeling has evolved, increasing our understanding of the role of peeling ingredients and treatment indications. The depth of peels is directly related to improved results and to the number of complications that can occur. Key principles for superficial and medium depth peeling are discussed, as well as appropriate indications for these treatments.
Keywords: International Peeling Society; Jessner's solution; acne; chemabrasion; chemexfoliation; chemical peeling; glycolic acid; pyruvic acid; rejuvenation; retinoic acid; salicylic acid; solid CO(2); trichloroacetic acid.
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