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How strong are chemical peels?

Chemical peels are currently available in three strengths:
  • Alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) peels are the mildest and are used to remove superficial layers of skin.
  • Trichloracetic acid (TCA) is a stronger preparation that removes deeper layers of skin.
  • Phenol peels are the strongest of the three and are used to remove deep scars, wrinkles, and skin imperfections.

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