chemical peels

Peeling Back the Layers

Top indications and agents for superficial chemical peels
MedEsthetics Jan/Feb 2020

Whether you are addressing acne and pigmentation concerns or simply seeking to brighten lackluster skin, superficial chemical peels have been proving their worth for hundreds of years. “Superficial chemical peels are very affordable, effective and the recovery time is quick, which is why they are so popular,” says John Kulesza, chemist and founder of Young Pharmaceuticals. On the following pages, physicians discuss how they’re using superficial chemical peels in their practices to address acne, unwanted pigmentation and photodamage.

Chemical Peels More Effective Than PRP for Periorbital Hyperpigmentation

Chemical Peels More Effective Than PRP

A randomized study, published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology (online April 25, 2019) found that chemicals peels are significantly more effective at reducing periorbital hyperpigmenation than injection of platelet-rich plasma. Researchers Noha Kamel, MD, et al, treated 42 patients, who were randomly assigned to one of two groups. Group A received four sessions of chemical peeling using trichloroacetic acid and lactic acid, while group B underwent four sessions of PRP injection at two week intervals.

Chemical Peels: Going Deeper

Phenol-croton oil peels are experiencing resurgence in dermatology and plastic surgery thanks to new formulations and techniques.
MedEsthetics May/June 2019

When we talk about deep chemical peeling, the first names that come to mind are Baker-Gordon. Although dermatologists and plastic surgeons have been using ingredients, such as phenol and croton oil to reduce scars and rejuvenate aging skin as far back as the mid-1800s and early 1900s, it was the work of Thomas Baker and Howard Gordon in the 1960s that brought phenol-croton oil peels mainstream. But just 30 years later, deep chemical peeling waned in popularity due to the potential for cardiac complications and the introduction of new laser skin-resurfacing technologies.

Facial Erosive Pustular Dermatosis A Risk of Ablative Skin Resurfacing

Ablative Skin Resurfacing Complication

Physicians performing ablative laser skin resurfacing and medium-depth chemical peels should be aware of a potential, difficult-to-treat complication: facial erosive pustular dermatosis. Julie E. Mervak, MD, et al, examined the cases of three women who presented with persistent facial erosions after resurfacing procedures—either fully ablative CO2 laser or medium-depth Jessner/TCA chemical peel—for actinic damage, and were subsequently diagnosed with facial erosive pustular dermatosis. The case series was published in JAMA Dermatology (October 2017).

Broad A-Peel

Chemical peels can address numerous concerns, but achieving optimal outcomes requires an understanding of skin types, peeling agents and appropriate post-peel care.
Broad A-Peel

Few treatment modalities have the ability to treat as wide a variety of patients and concerns as chemical peels. Whether an individual wants to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, get rid of facial scarring or knock down cystic acne, there is a peeling agent that can help.

Acid A-Peel

Dermatologists, estheticians and formulators discuss the latest trends in chemical peels.
Acid A-Peel

Discovery of the rejuvenating effects of lactic acid on skin predates modern medicine. Chemical peels were not created in laboratories after years of research. They were developed in boudoirs and salons, and were embraced by dermatologists and plastic surgeons much later. Fortunately, we are now seeing more clinical trials using these well-known acids, and scientists are beginning to understand more about how chemexfoliation agents stimulate skin rejuvenation.

Skincare Poduct: Enerpeel HANDS

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Enerpeel HANDS

Keep patients’ hands looking young and vibrant with the new Glytone by Enerpeel HANDS Peel System. Featuring 20% TCA, 15% lactic acid and 0.5% kojic acid, the peel can be customized to meet the specific needs of patients seeking antiaging skin care. “While most peels are a safe, reliable way to deliver fresher, younger-looking skin by shedding old cells and stimulating new cells, some can be too aggressive, especially on the hands,” says dermatologist Cherie M. Ditre, MD.