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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