Chemical Peel (Deep, Medium, Light)

Facial Plast Surg Clin North Am. 2020 Feb;28(1):45-57. doi: 10.1016/j.fsc.2019.09.004.


With modern medicine increasing both the average life span and quality of life, there has been a greater demand for treatment of age-related skin changes. As many new options in skin resurfacing are developed annually, it is chemical peeling that has withstood the trials of time and scrutiny. The different variations of chemoexfoliation have been used for rhytids, actinic damage, lentigos, and dyschromias. This article describes the most recent knowledge about chemical peeling, and exposes previously accepted yet incorrect dogmas. Chemical peeling, when practiced with knowledge and good technique, can yield excellent results in skin rejuvenation.

Keywords: Chemical peel; Chemoexfoliation; Phenol-croton oil peel; Skin resurfacing.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Chemexfoliation*
  • Humans
  • Patient Selection
  • Rejuvenation*
  • Skin Aging*