International Peeling Society

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.