II. Mechanism

  1. Chemical exfoliation of superficial skin layers using acids or enzymes (e.g. hydroxy acids)

III. Indications (same indications as for Microdermabrasion)

  1. Benign epidermal pigmentation
  2. Rough skin
  3. Acne
  4. Superficial acne scars

IV. Dosing

  1. Course of 6 treatments every 4 weeks with maintenance treatments every 1-3 months

V. Preparations

  1. Alpha hydroxy acids
    1. Glycolic Acid
    2. Lactid acid
  2. Beta hydroxy acids
    1. Salicylic acid

VI. Efficacy

  1. Results are temporary

VII. Advantages

  1. Inexpensive

VIII. Disadvantages

  1. Difficult to control exfoliation depth
    1. Deeper peels risk scarring as well as Hypopigmentation and Hyperpigmentation
  2. Skin peeling is common post-procedure
  3. Low efficacy with a single treatment

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Dutch chemische peeling van huid, Chemische exfoliatie, Exfoliatie, chemische
French Exfoliation chimique épidermique, Exfoliation chimique, Peeling chimique
German chemisches Peeling, Chemisches Peeling
Italian Esfoliazione chimica della cute, Peeling chimico
Portuguese Descamação química da pele, Resurfacing Químico, Peeling Químico, Quimioesfoliação, Abrasão Química
Spanish Exfoliación química cutánea, quimioexfoliación de la piel (procedimiento), quimioexfoliación de la piel, Quimioexfoliación
Japanese 皮膚のケミカルピーリング, ヒフノケミカルピーリング, 皮膚剥離法-化学的, 表皮剥離法-化学的, ケミカルピーリング, 化学的表皮剥離法, 化学的顔面皮膚剥離法, 化学的皮膚剥離法
Swedish Kemisk exfoliering
Czech chemická exfoliace, Chemické odloupnutí kůže
Finnish Kemoeksfoliaatio
Polish Złuszczanie chemiczne, Piling chemiczny
Hungarian Bőr kémiai hámlasztása
Norwegian Kjemisk eksfoliasjon

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