Chemical Peels in Pigmentary Disorders

  • Rashmi Sarkar
  • Shivani Bansal
Part of the Updates in Clinical Dermatology book series (UCD)


Chemical peels are methods to cause a chemical ablation ofdefined skin layers to induce an even and tight skin as a result ofthe regeneration process. The list of agents for chemical peeling isextensive. The usual classification of chemical peels comprises superficial, medium and deep peels. For superficial peels alpha hydroxy acids and most recently lipo-hydroxy acid act by inducing an exfoliation of the epidermis. Medium-depth agents such as trichloroacetic acid (<50%) cause an epidermal to papillary dermal peel and regeneration. Deep peels using trichloroacetic acid (>50%) or phenol-based formulations reach the reticular dermis to induce dermal regeneration. Although a number of new agents have come up, there is little published evidence supporting their use in day-to-day practice.


Melasma Chemical peel Glycolic acid Phytic acid Tretinoin peel TCA peel Jessner’s solution Priming agent 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rashmi Sarkar
    • 1
  • Shivani Bansal
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of DermatologyMaulana Azad Medical CollegeNew DelhiIndia
  2. 2.Kaya Skin ClinicPreet ViharIndia

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