A Review of Minimally Invasive Cosmetic Procedures

S. Ogden; T.W. Griffiths


The British Journal of Dermatology. 2008;159(5):1036-1050. 

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Pyruvic Acid

Pyruvic acid is an α-keto-acid that converts to lactic acid. It can be used as a medium-depth peeling agent in the treatment of photoaged skin: 50% pyruvic acid peels performed on four occasions at 4-weekly intervals improved skin texture, fine wrinkles and hyperpigmentation in a group of 20 patients.[81] A further nonrandomized study of 20 patients with photodamage, superficial scarring or melasma treated with 50% pyruvic acid peels on four occasions at 2-weekly intervals demonstrated some improvement in wrinkles measured using an optical measuring device (Visioscan® VC; Courage + Khazaka, Cologne, Germany). The clinical improvement in wrinkling represented by the instrumental evaluation was not clear.[82]


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