Salicylic Acid Peels

Salicylic acid has been used to treat various skin disorders for more than 2,000 years. The ability of salicylic acid to exfoliate the stratum corneum makes it a good agent for peeling. In particular, the comedolytic property of salicylic acid makes it a useful peeling agent for patients with acne. Once considered as a keratolytic agent, the role of salicylic acid as a desmolytic agent, because of its ability to disrupt cellular junctions rather than breaking or lysing intercellular keratin filaments, is now recognized and is discussed here. Salicylic acid as a peeling agent has a number of indications, including acne vulgaris, melasma, photodamage, freckles, and lentigines.

 

Salicylic Acid Peels

 

 

 

 

 

Chemical peel is a safe, efficacious, and cost-effective procedure for treating various skin disorders and for enhancing cosmetic appearance. The principle of peeling involves controlled chemical injury to the skin in order to prompt it to rejuvenate, leading to smoothening of the skin and improvement of its surface texture. Chemical peels can be classified in different ways. A useful approach is to classify them according to the level of injury caused to the skin, which determines the indications they can be used to treat. Accordingly, chemical peels can be divided into three broad categories, ie, superficial, medium-depth, and deep. Superficial peels cause injury to the epidermis, so are used to treat superficial conditions, including melasma, acne, and dyschromias. Medium-depth peels penetrate to the papillary dermis, and are useful in the treatment of solar keratoses, dyschromias, and pigment disorders. Deep peels cause necrosis to the level of the reticular dermis, so are indicated for deep wrinkles, severe photoaging, and deep scars. Salicylic acid (SA) is a member of a group of compounds known as beta hydroxy acids, which are widely used for a number of cosmetic indications because of their many important properties.

 

 

 

 

What to Expect from a Salicylic Acid Peel

 

 

 

 

 

What to Expect from a Salicylic Acid Peel? Skin is first cleaned with alcohol. This removes any residual facial oils to allow the peel to be more effective. After that, the salicylic acid peel is applied to a skin. The salicylic acid peel solution is than left on for about 10 minutes. When the time is up, the peel will be neutralized and then gently removed with some water or a cleanser.

 

 

 

 

 

 

During the salicylic acid peel, your skin will feel warm and prickly. It will probably also turn red. And because salicylic acid is more penetrating, you may feel more topical discomfort than other chemical peels (like glycolic acid peels).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Facial redness, or erythema, post-peel should subside in a few hours. For some people, the redness can linger around for a couple of days later. Even though most salicylic acid peels are only at 15% -30% strengths, they can cause your skin to turn dry and flaky. Your skin probably won't peel off in sheets, but some light peeling might take place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is there any downtime after the salicylic peel?  Unlike TCA peels or laser treatments, there isn't any significant downtime associated with salicylic acid peels. For most people, skin heals and returns back to normal in 3-4 days. The main side effects from salicylic acid peels are facial redness and flaking skin. However, these side effects are usually not severe enough to take time off work or clear out your schedule.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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If you get a salicylic peel for active acne, you might experience some post-peel purging. As the acid exfoliates away the surface of your skin, it brings clogs you have underneath closer to the top, which may erupt as more active pimples.

 

 

 

 

 

 As with all exfoliating treatments, salicylic acid peels will make your skin more sensitive to the sun. Therefore, it is very important to stay indoors and wear a good sunscreen when you go outside, especially the first two days after you get the peel.

 

 

 

 

 

 Salicylic Acid Peel Before and After

 

 

 

 

What about results? You will need approximately 4-6 peels for optimum results. Some people will need more, some people will need less. The number of peels you have to get before your skin starts to improve will also depend on the severity of the skin issue you are trying to fix. For blackheads, you will probably see results after 2-3 peels. For mild-moderate acne, it will probably take around 6 peels, more if your acne is more severe.

 

 

 

 

 

Salicylic acid peels are great for clearing out mild skin bumps, but if your acne is inflamed and/or moderate-severe, there are no guarantees that getting a series of peel treatments will clear your skin. How well salicylic acid peels treat acne will ultimately depend on how your skin reacts.

 

 

 

 

 

Salicylic acid peels can be done once every 2 weeks. However, some people can tolerate getting them every 7-10 days. Salicylic acid peels might not be the best chemical peel for pigmentation and fine lines, but they are the bestl for people with oily, acne-prone skin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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