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J Cosmet Dermatol. 2006 Sep;5(3):246-53.

Superficial chemical peels.

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2nd Department of Dermatology, A. Sygros Hospital, Athens, Greece.


Superficial chemical peeling (SCP) involves the application of a peeling agent to the skin, resulting in destruction of part or all of the epidermis. SCP is mainly recommended for facial rejuvenation, photoaging and superficial rhytides, pigmentary dyschromias and acne. It can be used on all Fitzpatrick skin types, no sedation is needed, and the desquamation is usually well accepted. Overpeel and complications are very rare. The most commonly used SCP agents are glycolic acid 20-70%, trichloroacetic acid 10-35%, Jessner's solution, salicylic acid, pyruvic acid, resorcinol 30-50% preparations, and solid carbon dioxide. The careful selection of patients is critical for the outcome of a SCP and contraindications must be seriously considered. The peel procedure is generally common for all SCP agents but a good knowledge of the specific characters of each agent is of great importance in order to decide which to use for each individual patient.

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