Exfoliation is the mechanical or chemical removal of the oldest cells on the outermost surface of the skin. Skin cells die and are replaced every day, but exfoliation helps this process along. A chemical peel uses a specially formulated acid based solution as a catalyst to remove dead skin on the epidermis and stimulate the production of new skin. When the new skin emerges it is tighter and has fewer wrinkles. Ancient cultures used fruit acids to rejuvenate the skin, and today we use more advanced chemistry to help relieve uneven pigmentation, acne scars, sun damage, and fine lines through chemical peels. Some chemical peels treat superficially, while others are more potent, go deeper, and require some extra care following treatment. If you seek to rejuvenate your skin, then consider contacting Houston dermatologist Anthony Nikko, M.D. to care for you.