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Daily Routine in Cosmetic Dermatology

Part of the series Clinical Approaches and Procedures in Cosmetic Dermatology pp 1-10

Date: Latest Version

Chemical Peelings: Body

  • Andréa Serra RodriguesAffiliated withBrazilian Society of Dermatology and American Academy of Dermatology Email author 
  • , Verena Miranda CunhaAffiliated withBrazilian Society of Dermatology and Brazilian Society for Dermatologic Surgery


Chemical peels have always been the most economical therapeutic modality for skin rejuvenation and classified as superficial, medium, or deep based on their depth of penetration into the epidermis and dermis. Non-facial chemical peelings are best confined to light to medium peels because of the paucity of adnexal structures. These regimens of light to medium peels may yield significant improvement but must be performed conservatively and serially over time until results are satisfactory. The results are heavily dependent on concentration, contact time with the skin, and the manner of prepeel preparation. Deeper peels confer the risk of scarring, dyschromia, creation of a demarcation line between the treated and untreated area, and prolonged erythema.


Non-facial Chemical Peelings Photoaging, Acne, Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation Glycolic Acid, Trichloroacetic acid, Jessner’s solution, Salicylic acid, Tretinoin