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History of Cosmetic Skin Peeling

i only wanted to know when skin peeling was first used for cosmetic reasons and who had the first treatments? i also wanted to know how long its effect lasts after 4 sessions. thanks.

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History of chemical peels

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Chemical peels have been used at least two millenia, probably longer. According to some sources Cleopatra used sour goat's mild baths to beautify her skin. Sour milk contains lactic acid, Lactic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid, slightly weaker than glycolic acid, which is regularly used in superficial chemical peels today.

As for modern use of chemical peels, that started with at the turn of the 20th century, when a dermatologist, George Miller MacKee, started using phenol peels (deep chemical peels not used much today due to high risk of adverse effects) to treat acne scarring.

As far as your question of how long it lasts after four sessions, it's impossible to tell without knowing what peel was used, for how long and what the characteristics of the patient and patient's life style are.  For example, if a weak glycolic acid peel was used to refresh the epidermis, and the patient went out into the sun regularly without sunscreen, the benefits would last a very short period of time because sun damage would counteract much of the benefit of the chemical peels, etc.


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History of Cosmetic Skin Peeling

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Regarding: "History of Cosmetic Skin Peeling
i only wanted to know when skin peeling was first used for cosmetic reasons and who had the first treatments? i also wanted to know how long its effect lasts after 4 sessions. thanks
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Skin peeling goes back thousands of years. It is known that Cleopatra bathed in milk to get smoother skin realizing that an acid found in milk (lactic acid) could rejuvenate skin. "Modern" skin peeling goes back to the dates after WWII when various salons would use secretive formulas using Phenol to achieve peeling. The topic is fascinating and I direct you to the multiple sources out there, especially Dr. Baker's account of peeling in Florida.

The depth and duration of a peel would depend on
- thickness / location of the skin treated
- Peeling agent (Phenol, TCA, Glycolic acid etc)
- Concentration of peeling agent
- duration of contact with the skin before its action stops or is neutralized.

Dr. Peter Aldea

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon
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