top of page



                                                                   — Peeling News —


In this issue:

  • Welcome from the Chair of International Peeling Society-USA

  • Update from the International Peeling Society

  • IPS Online Academy

  • IPS-USA Committee Updates 

  • IPS-USA Fund Seeks Donations

  • A Special Recognition

  • Connect on IPS-USA Social Media!



Welcome from the Chair of International Peeling Society-USA


As Chair of the International Peeling Society–USA, I am excited to welcome you to our first digital newsletter! In this newsletter, we’ll keep you informed about the myriad of activities that IPS-USA engages in throughout the year. We are particularly proud of starting our own Instagram @chemicalpeelsmd, Twitter @chemicalpeelsMD and Facebook @Chemicalpeelsmd pages. Please follow us for patient education content and tag us in your related posts!

In committee updates, you’ll hear from the Chairs on what is new with their group. The Education committee was active putting together a virtual session in place of the cancelled IPS Global Day 2020, that is typically held in conjunction with the AAD Annual Meeting. The Awards Committee chose their first honoree, Dr. Luitgard Wiest of Germany, for her tireless dedication to the field of chemical peeling. Dr. Wiest is a founding member of the International Peeling Society. 

This newsletter will also cover educational opportunities available to IPS members. Although our in-person workshops are on hold, we invite you to participate in quarterly IPS-USA webinars. We understand the importance of hands-on education and will prioritize re-establishing these in-person workshops once it is safe to do so. In the meantime, these webinars will help us stay connected and informed.

Lastly, I want to thank you for your continued support of IPS-USA. I look forward to working together with you in 2021!
Best wishes, 
Kachiu C. Lee, MD
Chair, International Peeling Society – USA


Update from the International Peeling Society


In the wake of the global shutdown of in-person continuing medical education, the International Peeling Society has engaged its members through a series of webinars exploring a variety of topics related to cosmetic and medical indications. Speakers Fotini Bageorgou, MD (Greece), Seaver Soon, MD (USA), Oliver Kreyden, MD, (Switzerland), and Uliana Gout (United Kingdom) provided a rich, international perspective. Featuring live question and answer sessions, these webinars were well-received by hundreds of viewers internationally, and allowed members to connect and exchange ideas even during these isolating times. In 2021, IPS plans to offer a 4-part webinar series at no charge to IPS members to continue this tradition of collaborative learning, and plans are to archive this series for on-demand access. 


IPS Online Academy


Basics In Chemical Peeling 
Tuesday, March 30, Noon EDT
Speakers: Dr. Kachiu Lee (Philadelphia, USA) and Dr. Jennifer Rullan (San Diego, USA)

Discussion Topics:

  • “Basic Chemical Peeling: Complications” (Lee) 

  • “Clinical Endpoints in Chemical Peeling” (Rullan) 

  • Q&A 

On-Demand viewing will be available on to physician attendees. Participation is free of charge for IPS Members and $36 USD for Non-Members. Register here
Save the dates for upcoming webinars in this series:

  • June 29, 2021

  • September 14, 2021

  • November 30, 2021

If you are not an IPS member and would like to join all four webinars this year, each for $36, you might want to consider joining the International Society for just $100 and enjoy all the other benefits throughout the year. Click here to join IPS.


Register for March 30 Academy Session


IPS-USA Committee Updates 


Education Committee Update

  •  IPS-USA will be launching three virtual education courses. 

  •  IPS-USA is looking into a collaboration with the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) to host an annual hands on workshop for residents. 

  •  IPS-USA hopes live workshops will resume toward the end of the year.

Social Media Committee Update
The social media committee has been meeting regularly to discuss ways to provide useful content to post on different platforms. Our goal is to create educational videos and posts that showcase the many uses of chemical peels and to also guide our following to physicians who are members of the IPS, the experts in the field. With consistent posts and quality content we aim to gain a larger following and even add Instagram Live sessions with experts going over their favorite techniques which can be recorded and saved. 

If you are interested in contributing procedure videos or content blurbs, email us your techniques and you will be tagged on the post.

Be a part of the excitement and join us on our social media channels:

 FOLLOW | POST | TAG            @ChemicalPeelsMD      


IPS-USA Fund Seeks Donations


Support the IPS-USA Development Fund, graciously initiated by Pearl Grimes, MD, to ensure the continued success of IPS's presence in the United States. Through generous donations to date, we have been able to create and new social media accounts. Help us offer: 

  • Education and training on chemical peels for physicians, residents and fellows.

  • Public awareness to increase the use and understanding of chemical peeling in the US.

  • Communication vehicles to support physicians as they expand their use of chemical peels in their practices.


Donate to IPS-USA

A Special Recognition


IPS Honors the Life and Contributions of Thomas J. Baker, MD
November 8, 1925 - December 26, 2020


Thomas J. Baker, MD, passed away peacefully at age 95 on December 26, 2020 in Miami, Florida after experiencing a stroke. He grew up as a farmboy in Kentucky, USA and completed his medical education at Indiana University, where he met his wife, Mary Anne McDougal, a nursing student, and raised 4 children together.


After completing his surgical residency and serving in the US Navy, Thomas opened a surgical practice in Miami, Florida where he grew to become a world-renowned educator and pioneer in aesthetic plastic surgery. With Howard L. Gordon, Thomas developed and published the Baker-Gordon phenol-croton oil chemical peel, which changed the landscape of chemical resurfacing and significantly advanced the field of chemical peeling.


He was a friend to dermatology, ahead of his time compared to the extant territorial rivalries between plastic surgeons and dermatologists, and shared freely his ideas on deep chemical peeling with dermatologists interested in chemical resurfacing across the globe, including senior members of IPS. Among Thomas’ most lasting legacies is the establishment of the Baker Gordon Symposium which, for over 50 years, legitimized aesthetic surgery and taught ground-breaking techniques to thousands of physicians worldwide when formalized aesthetic training was non-existent.

Dr. Thomas J. Baker was honored with countless accolades, including President of the American Society of Aesthetic Surgery, Associate Professor at the University of Miami School of Medicine, and honorary membership into the International Peeling Society.

On behalf of all members,

Dr. Oliver Kreyden            Dr. Seaver Soon
President of the IPS         Vice-President of the IPS


Connect on IPS-USA Social Media!




Email IPS - USA or call 847-871-4800 with questions.


Copyright © 2021 International Peeling Society - USA, All rights reserved.  You are receiving this email because you are either a member of IPS or a past meeting attendee.

bottom of page