Salicylic Acid Chemical Peels

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
  • Cost$

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 –

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 –

  1. Exfoliate the skin surface (chemical exfoliant). This unclogs blocked pores.
  2. Reduce inflammation.
  3. 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.

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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