Chemical peels have their foundation thousands of years ago in ancient Egypt. One of the earliest known treatments involved the application of abrasive tapes made from alabaster, honey and sour milk. Following the removal of the tape, the tightened skin was then abraded with finely ground sand. The Greeks then developed this further by using limestone, mustard and sulphurs.
In 1882 a German dermatologist further developed ways of peeling the skin. In the 1960s phenol peeling agents were introduced then on to the latter half of the 20th Century where TCA and AHA peels have been developed. These types of peels are used today to help to treat fine lines, wrinkles, acne, uneven texture and discolouration