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Chemical Peels

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Chemical peels are chemical solutions applied to the skin as a technique to improve the appearance. Various acids are used depending on the specific improvements desired such as fine lines or dyspigmentation. The concentration of the acid determines the depth of the peel and thus the subsequent degree of skin desquamation.


 

Review the PDF of the fact sheet on chemical peels with board-relevant, easy-to-review material. Chemical peels are chemical solutions applied to the skin as a technique to improve the appearance. Various acids are used depending on the specific improvements desired such as fine lines or dyspigmentation. The concentration of the acid determines the depth of the peel and thus the subsequent degree of skin desquamation.

After, test your knowledge by answering the 5 practice questions.

Practice Questions

1. Which one of the following peels produces “frosting” after application?

a. citric acid

b. glycolic acid

c. mandelic acid

d. salicylic acid

e. trichloroacetic acid

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