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CHEMICAL PEELS: WHY ARE THEY STILL HERE?


Marina Landau discusses the range of chemical peels on offer


for facial rejuvenation, and the high standard of results that can be reaped from this non-invasive treatment modality


ABSTRACT Chemical peeling is a procedure used for the cosmetic improvement of the skin or for the treatment of some medical skin disorders. A chemical exfoliating agent is applied to the skin to destruct specific portions with the subsequent regeneration and rejuvenation of its components. There are a number of different peeling types—defined as either superficial, medium, or deep—that the aesthetic practitioner can use as a non-invasive treatment modality for facial rejuvenation. In spite the great variety of treatment choices currently available on the aesthetic market, the chemical peel should not be discounted as an effective option for the improvement of a patient’s appearance and skin health.


Superficial peels penetrate


the epidermis only; medium depth peels damage the entire epidermis and papillary dermis; while deep peels create a wound to the level of mid-reticular dermis.


combinations and concentrations. Histological studies supporting clinical results have been published with regard to the use of chemical peels by both dermatologists and plastic surgeons. The introduction of light-based technologies, at the end of 20th century, allegedly decreased the demand for chemical peels; yet according to statistics published annually by official scientific societies, chemical peels are still among the top five most popular non-surgical procedures1, 2


C . Chemical peeling is a procedure used for


the cosmetic improvement of the skin or for the treatment of some medical skin disorders. A chemical exfoliating agent is


applied to the skin to destruct specific portions with the subsequent regeneration and rejuvenation of its components.


Classification of chemical peels Chemical peels are divided into three categories depending on the depth of the wound created by the peel: superficial, medium or deep. Superficial peels penetrate the epidermis only; medium depth peels damage the entire epidermis and papillary dermis; while deep peels create a wound to the level of mid-reticular dermis.


HEMICAL PEELS HAVE BEEN USED SINCE the ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman times for skin enhancement. Dermatologists pioneered skin peeling for therapeutic purposes during the 1800s, treating pigmentations and scars by using chemicals in different


MARINA LANDAU, MD, is Dermatologist, Wolfson Medical Center, Holon, Israel


email dr.marinaclinic@gmail.com


KEYWORDS chemical peel, alpha-hydroxy acid, salicylic acid, trichloroacetic


prime-journal.com | November/December 2012 ❚ 43


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