Medium to Deep Chemical Peels

  • Suzan Obagi


Prior to the development of laser resurfacing, chemical peels were among the sole methods by which to resurface the skin. For decades, medium and deep peels have been used to treat a number of skin conditions in ethnically diverse patients. Despite the growing popularity of lasers, peels continue to rank among the most popular cosmetic procedures performed today showing a 4% increase to 1.36 million procedures in the USA during 2016. The two most commonly used acids for medium and deep peels are trichloroacetic acid (TCA) and phenol. The most common indications for chemical peels are actinic keratosis, photodamage, ephelides/lentigines, rhytides, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, certain types of acne scars, and melasma. By varying the concentration of the solution or the peeling agent, peels can be used to treat the skin of the neck, chest, and upper extremities.


Peel Phenol peel TCA peel Trichloroacetic acid peel Scar Acne scar Melasma Dyschromia Actinic keratosis Chemical peel dyschromia Chemical peel melasma TCA melasma Phenol melasma TCA acne scars CROSS TCA CROSS peel 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Suzan Obagi
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, UPMC Cosmetic Surgery & Skin Health CenterPittsburghUSA

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