Salicylic Acid Peel For Acne

No one wants to deal with acne, and with all the skin care treatments and procedures available, it’s hard to decide which option is the best for your skin type. At Dermafina, one of the treatments that we can offer is a salicylic acid peel as a possible solution to acne problem specific for your skin type. While many over-the counter products and even prescription medications don’t always work for everyone in the same way, they can even cause more damage to the skin, rather than treating the acne. When even the best skin care products fail to show results, a chemical salicylic acid peel can provide a more drastic and quicker solution. Salicylic acid has been used to treat various skin disorders for more than 2,000 years.

If you’re looking to just treat acne, blackheads, or something similar, you may want to have a free consultation at Dermafina, our Montreal aesthetic office with our medical estheticians to discuss whether undergoing a salicylic acid peel may be a viable treatment option for you.

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  • 1. What Does It Do
     

    A salicylic acid peel works to improve several skin conditions, such as:

    • Acne
    • Blackheads
    • Clogged pores
    • Congested (oily) skin

    Unlike other chemicals peels, such as the Jessner and TCA peels, the salicylic acid peel was not designed to lighten hyperpigmentation or to remove fine lines and wrinkles. However, although its effects are usually superficial, it can diminish minor wrinkles and lines.

  • 2. What is a Salicylic Acid Peel?
     

    A salicylic acid peel is a light, superficial chemical peel that only affects the outermost layers of the skin. This means that the results are limited only to the epidermis, and does not damage deeper layers. Because the damage is more superficial, a salicylic acid peel has a shorter recovery time and less painful side effects. While this type of chemical peel will work on most skin types, the best results are achieved for those with acne-prone and oily skin.

  • 3. How Salicylic Acid Peel’s Works
     

    First, the face is prepared and cleansed. The peel chemicals are then applied to the skin. Your skin will likely feel warm and a stinging sensation may be present in addition to your skin turning red. This peel will usually be left on the skin for anywhere between 10 and 25 minutes and the concentration of the peel will vary based on the condition that you are treating. A typical salicylic peel will have a 30% concentration. Because of its limited immediate side effects (redness of the skin) and quick treatment time, the salicylic acid peel is known to many as the lunchtime peel.

    This type of chemical peel can be applied every two weeks until desired results are achieved. While the recommended wait time between procedures is two weeks, some individuals can handle this treatment every seven to ten days.

  • 4. When to Expect Results
     

    The number of treatments and the timeframe for visible results will vary from person to person. One individual may need two treatments while another may need five or six. Ultimately, this will depend on the skin condition that you are attempting to treat and the severity of the skin damage. For example, if you are receiving the peel for blackhead improvement, you’ll probably only need two or three salicylic acid peels. However, if you’re treating moderate acne, you may likely need about six treatments – more if your acne is very severe.

     

  • 5. What is a Salicylic Acid Peel?
     

    A salicylic acid peel is a light, superficial chemical peel that only affects the outermost layers of the skin. This means that the results are limited only to the epidermis, and does not damage deeper layers. Because the damage is more superficial, a salicylic acid peel has a shorter recovery time and less painful side effects. While this type of chemical peel will work on most skin types, the best results are achieved for those with acne-prone and oily skin.

  • 6. What Does It Do
     

    A salicylic acid peel works to improve several skin conditions, such as:

    • Acne
    • Blackheads
    • Clogged pores
    • Congested (oily) skin

    Unlike other chemicals peels, such as the Jessner and TCA peels, the salicylic acid peel was not designed to lighten hyperpigmentation or to remove fine lines and wrinkles. However, although its effects are usually superficial, it can diminish minor wrinkles and lines.

  • 7. How Salicylic Acid Peel’s Works
     

    First, the face is prepared and cleansed. The peel chemicals are then applied to the skin. Your skin will likely feel warm and a stinging sensation may be present in addition to your skin turning red. This peel will usually be left on the skin for anywhere between 10 and 25 minutes and the concentration of the peel will vary based on the condition that you are treating. A typical salicylic peel will have a 30% concentration. Because of its limited immediate side effects (redness of the skin) and quick treatment time, the salicylic acid peel is known to many as the lunchtime peel.

    This type of chemical peel can be applied every two weeks until desired results are achieved. While the recommended wait time between procedures is two weeks, some individuals can handle this treatment every seven to ten days.

  • 8. When to Expect Results
     

    The number of treatments and the timeframe for visible results will vary from person to person. One individual may need two treatments while another may need five or six. Ultimately, this will depend on the skin condition that you are attempting to treat and the severity of the skin damage. For example, if you are receiving the peel for blackhead improvement, you’ll probably only need two or three salicylic acid peels. However, if you’re treating moderate acne, you may likely need about six treatments – more if your acne is very severe.

    Please call us at Dermafina to get your free consultation with one of our Medical Estheticians who preform salicylic acid peels at Dermafina. 514-542-3376

     

  • 9. Side Effects of a Salicylic Acid Peel
     

    Although the side effects are not usually severe and do not require you to take time off from work to receive this chemical peel, there are several potential problems that you should be familiar with before undergoing a salicylic acid peel treatment. These are:

    Facial redness
    Flaking skin
    Itchy skin
    Slight irritation
    Sensitivity to the sun
    Allergic reaction – This pertains to those with an allergy to aspirin.

 

Results and patient experience may vary.