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Do facial chemical peels increase or decrease skin cancer risks?
11 doctors weighed in

Dr. Allison Holzapfel
Surgery - Plastics
8 doctors agree
In brief: May decrease
Deep chemical peels are generally used to treat moderately to severely sun-damaged skin that exhibits lines and pigment changes.
Medically, they are also used to treat superficial cancerous lesions and pre-cancerous lesions and have been shown to decrease the appearance of these cancers. However, your overall risk is still related to sun exposure, genetics and other medical risk factors.

In brief: May decrease
Deep chemical peels are generally used to treat moderately to severely sun-damaged skin that exhibits lines and pigment changes.
Medically, they are also used to treat superficial cancerous lesions and pre-cancerous lesions and have been shown to decrease the appearance of these cancers. However, your overall risk is still related to sun exposure, genetics and other medical risk factors.
Dr. Allison Holzapfel
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Dr. Michael Armstrong
I routinely use peels to remove superficial precancerous skin lesions. Sun protection is critical.
Dr. David Sherris
Facial Plastic Surgery
In brief: May decrease
Precancer skin lesions may be removed with a chemical peel so may decease your risk.

In brief: May decrease
Precancer skin lesions may be removed with a chemical peel so may decease your risk.
Dr. David Sherris
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Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology
In brief: Not sure.
Use of sunscreen, and limiting sun exposure are two known ways to reduce skin cancer risk.
If these are used to block sun exposure, then they likely decrease risk, but the chemicals themselves might increase it. More research is needed.

In brief: Not sure.
Use of sunscreen, and limiting sun exposure are two known ways to reduce skin cancer risk.
If these are used to block sun exposure, then they likely decrease risk, but the chemicals themselves might increase it. More research is needed.
Dr. Joseph Woods
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