Salicylic Acid Chemical Peels At A Glance
- Best Results2-6 treatments
- Treatment Recovery0-2 days
- Procedure Time10 min
- Skin SpecialistDermal therapist
- Duration of Results2-8 weeks
- AnaestheticNil required
- Back to WorkImmediately to 1 day
Salicylic Acid Chemical Peels
Chemical peels are used to treat skin conditions such as pigmentation, melasma, acne, blackheads, congested skin & oily skin. The BHA or salicylic acid peel is best for patients with acneiform skin. Our team at Clinic Cutis can tailor a chemical peel program based upon your acne & skin type to help improve your complexion and texture.
FactsFacts on Salicylic Acid Chemical Peels For Acne
- Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid
- It can be compounded into a chemical peel
- Salicylic acid peels can improve acne, remove blackheads & congestion
- Other peels we perform include Jessner, TCA, Retinoic Acid & AHA peels
- Treatments start from just $98
What skin conditions are best treated with Salicylic Acid Chemical Peels?
BHA peels are more lipid soluble than AHA peels. Hence salicylic acid peels are excellent for the treatment of –
- Blackheads, white heads, enlarged pores
- Oily skin
- Congested skin
- Post pigment changes from acne (post inflammatory hyperpigmentation)
If you have sun damage & photoaging, AHA peels are a better choice.
How do salicylic chemical peels treat acne?
Chemical peels work in 3 ways to help improve acne –
- Exfoliate the skin surface (chemical exfoliant). This unclogs blocked pores.
- Reduce inflammation.
- Decrease bacteria involved in acne, Propionibacterium acnes.
What types of acne respond best to chemical peels?
- Comedonal acne (“black-heads” and “white-heads”).
- Inflammatory pimples & cysts – salicylic acid peels are particularly useful in this setting.
How do we perform salicylic acid chemical peels?
We select a concentration of salicylic acid ranging from 5 to 30%, depending on the extent of acne, as well as the location & your skin’s sensitivity. A therapist or nurse will remove your makeup & prepare your skin with an acetone wash. This allows for greater penetration of salicylic acid.
A bespoke concentration is then applied to the area for a predetermined time. BHA peels, unlike AHA peels, do not need to be neutralized.
The peel process if over within 4-9 minutes.
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Are there any side effects from chemical peels?
- Mild discomfort in the form of tingling or burning – generally well tolerated, subsides rapidly once peel ends.
- Redness/swelling – typically less than 12 hours, sometimes slightly longer.
- Peeling – usually gentle flaking for a few days after the peel. Simple moisturizer can help.
- Pigment changes – especially for darker skin types. This is unlikely to happen with BHA peels, it is more common with TCA peeling.
What is the recovery period from salicylic acid acne chemical peels?
Superficial chemical peels performed for acne do not incur any “down-time”
Patients can return to work or school the next day. Sun avoidance is important, especially for the first few days after the peel. For strong concentrations above 20%, you may peel for a few days. We will always discuss the concentration strength and expected recovery before the peel itself.
Chemical peels are repeated every 2-4 weeks.
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Why is Cutis Clinic different from other clinics who perform chemical peels?
We are a clinic comprised of specialist dermatologists, with a subspecialty interest & experience in peels. In fact, we have over 15 combinations ranging from AHAs, BHA, compounded Jessner peels, retinoic acid, TCA & even deep peels including Hatter formulation phenol-croton oil peels.
Disclaimer: My work is procedural, conditions including acne are medical. I do perform peels, however, my peels are medium to deep combinations of Jessner, TCA, or phenol. Salicylic acid peels are considered superficial peels & are conducted by dermal therapists and nurses.
Can chemical peels treat acne scars?
The alpha/beta-hydroxy acid peels used for acne will provide some improvement for mild acne scarring. For more severe scarring, once your acne has been cured by your dermatologists, stronger TCA peels and TCA CROSS or Paint procedures can be employed. The concentration is based on scar & skin type.
Salicylic acid is a good peel for scarring associated with skin pigmentation changes, a term called post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation or PIH. This condition responds well to peels, lasers & simple skin care including retinol, niacinamide, pigment correctors & ascorbic acid. Be guided by your dermal therapist or nurse.
Note: My work is surgical, for skin pigment changes associated with acne, please consult my clinical team for guidance.
Can chemical peels be combined with other acne treatments?
In some cases, your specialist dermatologist will also prescribe you a Vitamin A cream in conjunction with your peel program. This cream, in conjunction with chemical peels, is designed to help prevent acne & blackheads.
If your acne is severe, we may prescribe you a short course of antibiotics or anti-hormone treatments (in females).
How do we combine phototherapy with peels?
This combination program uses the latest in PHOTOTHERAPY & chemical peels. This program is suited for mild to moderate cases of acne.
Ideal candidates for this program include whitehead and blackhead acne, and patients with very mild, early scarring. Patients can book directly into this program without assessment by a dermatologist.
Call Clinic Cutis to discuss appointment times.
What are the costs of chemical peels for acne?
- $92-98 per standard peel, repeated every 2-3 weeks (2-5 peels generally recommended).
- Vita or Tretinoin peels start at $92
- AHA peels start at $92
- TCA PAINT with clinical nurses range from $490 to $690
How do I make a booking for a salicylic acid chemical peel?
You do not need to see a dermatologist enter our chemical peel program. Call Clinic Cutis to make a booking or ask about chemical peels.
A great starting point is to have your acne assessed and managed through our expert clinical team.
Davin’s Viewpoint on salicylic acid chemical peels
Salicylic acid peels are an excellent and integral part of the combination approach towards treating acne. A good routine is to use it fortnightly in combination with home creams & antibiotic tablets. For acne or for patients not suitable for isotretinoin, the combination of retinoic acid peels with LED red light treatment can give another avenue for significant improvement with minimal down-time.
Our Specialist Nurses can assess your suitability of chemical peels, including appropriate skin care. The majority of comedonal acne or blackhead acne can be effectively managed with good formulations of skin care including retinol, retinoids, salicylic acid peels & washes as well as niacinamide & ascorbic acid.
Disclaimer: I do not teat acne, in the context of peels, I perform medium to deep peeling including Jessner TCA & phenol croton oil. These peels are suited to those who have severe acne scarring or significant photodamage.
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