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J Dermatol Surg Oncol. 1993 Mar;19(3):243-6.

Glycolic acid peels for the treatment of wrinkles and photoaging.

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  • 1Department of Dermatology, University of California-Los Angeles School of Medicine.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Glycolic acid is an alpha hydroxyacid that is useful as a chemical peeling agent.

OBJECTIVE:

To discuss the techniques using glycolic acid to remove actinic keratoses, fine wrinkles, lentigines, melasma, and seborrheic keratoses.

METHOD:

Applied in a carefully timed manner, the depth of penetration can be titrated by the timed duration of application of acid on the skin. Chemical peels are left on the skin for 3 to 7 minutes for most patients. For ideal results, the chemical peel can be repeated 3 to 4 times.

RESULT:

Glycolic acid can easily be used to peel skin of all skin types with minimal risk.

CONCLUSION:

We have found glycolic acid can be an ideal adjunct to other cosmetic modalities such as soft tissue augmentation.

PMID:
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