Chemical Peels (Deep Peels)

What Is It?

Deep peels penetrate even deeper into the dermis than medium-depth peels. Medium-depth and deep peels are generally necessary to achieve more than a minimal improvement of scars. When chemical peels are applied on the skin, a controlled wound healing process occurs that may stimulate the skin to produce more collagen and elastin, thus improving the appearance of acne scars.

Good or Excellent Response

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87% of patients achieved a good (>50%) or excellent (>75%) improvement in scarring after 1 - 4 sessions

Moderate Response

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100% of patients achieved at least a moderate (>25%) improvement in scarring after 1 - 4 sessions
  1. Leheta, T. M., Abdel Hay, R. M. & El Garem, Y. F. Deep peeling using phenol versus percutaneous collagen induction combined with trichloroacetic acid 20% in atrophic post-acne scars; a randomized controlled trial. J Dermatolog Treat 25, 130–136 (2014).
  2. Park, J.-H., Choi, Y.-D., Kim, S.-W., Kim, Y.-C. & Park, S.-W. Effectiveness of modified phenol peel (Exoderm) on facial wrinkles, acne scars and other skin problems of Asian patients. J Dermatol 34, 17–24 (2007).
  3. Mackee, G. M. & Karp, F. L. The treatment of post-acne scars with phenol. Br J Dermatol 64, 456–459 (1952).

Side Effects

High
High side effects and adverse reactions

Reviews

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