An Analysis On The Role Of Chemical Peeling In Skin Disorders

Skin disorders are not easy to deal with and a majority of them tend to become chronic in nature. Owing to the fact that the skin is the largest organ of our body, it needs to be maintained and cared for in the best way possible so as to keep it in an optimal working condition.

For decades, chemical peeling has been researched to prove its medical evidence in reducing the occurrences of pigmentary disorders, superficial acne, temporary or permanent scars, aging skin and benign growth on the epidermis.

How does it work?

After clinical tests, a chemical agent is applied to the skin that destroys a considerable part of the epidermis. The process does not end here. There is further exfoliation and reduction of lesion carried out by this chemical agent and after this step is successfully completed, there is an attempt to regenerate epidermal and dermal tissues to completely reverse the skin conditions.

What are the categories of chemical peeling?

Based on the depth of the procedure, chemical peeling can be classified into three categories:

  1. Superficial Chemical peeling:

In this process, either the entire epidermis or a part of it is destroyed by a peeling agent for skin regeneration. This is particularly useful in skin conditions like acne, pigmentary dyschromia, photo aging etc.


  1. Medium Depth Chemical Peeling:

Both the dermis and the papillary dermis face controlled damage in this category of peeling. Fine wrinkles, actinic changes in the skin and preneoplasia are attempted to be reversed using this peeling procedure.


  1. Deep Chemical Peeling:

Deep chemical peeling is attempted in cases like Glogau level III and IV photo damage and is a labour intensive procedure.


Two of the commonest agents used to carry out these chemical peeling processes are Glycolic acid and Jessner’s solution. However, the type of chemical that needs to be used for a certain kind of skin disorder can be understood and explained in a better way only by a certified dermatologist.

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