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March 8, 1941

SKIN PEELING AND SCARIFICATIONIN THE TREATMENT OF PITTED SCARS, PIGMENTATIONS AND CERTAIN FACIAL BLEMISHES

JAMA. 1941;116(10):934-938. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820100028006
Abstract

Cosmetic defects such as pitted scars and unsightly pigmentations may affect the mental well-being and the economic opportunities of a person. The removal or improvement of cosmetic defects is always a problem. We here describe procedures which we have found efficient in obliterating or lessening such disfigurements.

The so-called skin peeling procedure is used in the treatment of chloasma, marked freckling, excessive oiliness, recalcitrant cases of acne vulgaris, rosacea, and to improve the tone of the skin. It is also beneficial after scarification for the improvement of pitted scars from acne vulgaris, smallpox and chickenpox.

The term "skin peeling" connotes an artificially produced exfoliation of the corneous layer, sometimes extending beyond, caused by various chemical or physical measures.

Normally there is a continuous desquamation of the outermost cells of the corneous layer of the epidermis as part of the process of the physiologic life and death of the epithelial cells.

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