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What you need to know about chemical peels

The pursuit of young-looking, smooth, ‘glowing’ skin has preoccupied humanity for thousands of years. Cosmetics to enhance the appearance have been a common recourse, but many have sought more invasive methods of reversing the evidence of passing years. Chemical peeling, also known as dermapeeling or chemoexfoliation, is the application of a caustic agent to the skin surface to achieve a controlled injury of variable depth. Removal of the roughened surface, evening pigment and subsequent regeneration of the underlying layers can give refreshed, plumpened, luminescent appearance.
Dermatology in practice 2010; 17(4): 12–14
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