Chemical peels: Though deep (phenol) peels are only appropriate for the face, the skin on any part of the body can be treated with a special mix of the chemicals used in mild and medium skin peels.
The chemical solution for body chemical peels is typically comprised of a combination of trichloroacetic acid (the main ingredient in a medium-depth skin peel) and glycolic acid (the main ingredient of a mild peel). Chemicals peels for other parts of the body other than the face is either formulated slightly stronger than the chemical solution used for light or medium facial skin peels or used at longer periods of time with additional layering, though it is still milder than the phenol solution used for deep skin peels. Thus, chemical peels that are formulated for the skin can be used to treat other areas of the body but expect the results to be different. It may take longer for the other areas to react to the ‘gentler’ face peels. Generally the stronger peels are going to work best for other areas on the body, and using them in layers will be more effective.