Chemical peel as an adjuvant treatment in pigmented contact dermatitis: a case series

J Cosmet Laser Ther. 2022 Nov 17;24(6-8):112-117. doi: 10.1080/14764172.2022.2147953. Epub 2022 Nov 17.


A chemical peel is chemexfoliation, a process of application of a chemical substance to the skin that causes controlled chemical destruction of the epidermis with or without part of the dermis leading to skin regeneration and remodeling. It can be classified depending upon the depth of penetration into superficial, medium, and deep peels. Among various indications, peels can be used to enhance treatment within a variety of conditions including skin- rejuvenation, inflammatory disorders like acne, rosacea, acne scar, and pigmentary disorders like melasma, freckles, lentigens, dyschromia, and post-inflammatory pigmentation. We did a chemical peel for six patients with facial melanosis, diagnosed with Riehl melanosis. All patients had visible clinical improvement. Detailed history and informed consent were taken both for photographs and procedures from all patients.

Keywords: Chemical peel; pigmented contact dermatitis; riehl melanosis.

MeSH terms

  • Acne Vulgaris*
  • Chemexfoliation*
  • Dermabrasion
  • Dermatitis, Contact*
  • Humans
  • Melanosis*
  • Pigmentation Disorders* / chemically induced
  • Pigmentation Disorders* / therapy