Chemical peeling agents continue to grow in popularity in response to rising patient demand. The author captures this popular treatment modality with a succinct review of some of the commonly used ingredients, classified broadly by depth into superficial, medium and deep peels. AHA chemistry is discussed in relation to mode of action and indications, specifically in relation to glycolic, lactic and mandelic acid. Beta-hydroxy acid salicylic acid is also described. Trichlorocetic acid and phenol are briefly explored in relation to their depth of action, as well as the growing trend of combination peels. Patient selection is discussed in relation to the importance of identifying the main risk factors, with a Fitzpatrick skin type chart for supplementary information. Some of the more commonly reported Immediate & delayed complications following a chemical peel are listed, with some guidance around how to avoid. This clinical piece offers a sound overview of some of the more commonly used chemical peel ingredients and main indications.

Chemical peels: a review of types, applications and complications.
McGloin C.
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Anna Baker

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