How do chemical peels work to treat skin cancer?

Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery
Chemical peels act both on the outer skin and the inner layer. The epidermis is exfoliated while the superficial layer of the inner layer (dermis) has increased collagen and elastin formation from fibroblastic activity. Chemical peels work both on reducing fine lines and wrinkles and reversing the effects of sun damaged skin. The actinic keratosis considered premalignant for squamous cell cancer is also greatly reduced.

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