The chemical peel

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The spectrum of chemical peeling encompasses a diverse group of peeling agents with the ability to produce a wide range of cutaneous burns. The most spectacular peels are produced by the phenol formulas. The physician, however, is restricted in the number of potential candidates as determined by skin color and potential toxicity. While not as impressive, trichloroacetic acid peels are an excellent modality for treatment of actinic keratoses, actinic dermatitis and lentigoes. Improvement of rhytides, skin tone, and texture can be impressive. Utilization of TCA may require repetitive peeling to obtain the desired result. With the alarming increase in the incidence of severe facial solar radiation as manifested by multiple premalignant and in situ malignant lesions, therapeutic chemical peeling has become an increasingly important procedure. The dermatologie surgeon can not only eradicate the multitude of facial lesions present but also markedly diminish the incidence of new lesions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-74
Number of pages18
JournalClinics in Dermatology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1987


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