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Chemical Peel

A chemical peel involves the application of toxic chemical solutions to the skin in a controlled manner, producing controlled tissue death. The desired depth of the wound is dependent upon the the condition to be treated. After the peel, the skin regenerates. The damaged skin likely regenerates through the growth of cells from deeper layers of the epidermis or from undamaged hair follicles. Chemical peels are often used by patients to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, improve the appearance of scarring and sun damage, treat varying forms of acne, and reduce discoloration such as dark spots and freckles. Chemical peels can be applied to a patient’s skin with the assistance of a dermatologist or nurse practitioner in a board certified physician’s office. Chemical peels are not recommended for home use nor for self application.