Salicylic Acid Chemical Peels For Treating Acne


If you have oily skin and are prone to blackheads and acne breakouts especially in the T-zone area (entire forehead, nose, chin and mouth areas), then a Salicylic acid chemical peel can help to loosen and remove ageing and dead skin cells, oil and any debris that is attached to the skin's surface. At the same time, this treatment stimulates new cell production and increased collagen formation.

Salicylic acid is oil soluble, so it digs deep into the pores and is able to penetrate sebum filled follicles and clean out clogged pores, resulting in a marked improvement in the appearance of acne prone skin.

Salicylic acid peels typically come in 20% or 30% concentration and most people will normally start at 20% on the first session. In future sessions the concentration may be upped to 30% for more profound results. Following treatment the face turns a little red, taking on a mild sunburn color, and will peel fine flakes of skin for the next 5 - 7 days.

  • The first step is to thoroughly cleanse the face with a gentle cleanser.
  • An alcohol based prep solution is then applied to de-grease the skin, this removes any residual oils and allows the chemical peel to penetrate the skin more evenly.
  • Once the prep solution has dried the Salicylic acid can be applied to the skin with a small gauze pad, this may cause a mild stinging sensation which is normal and can be cooled with a fan if necessary.
  • The acid peel is left on the skin for 1 - 5 minutes and then is wiped off with a neutralizing solution and/or water to remove the acid peel and stop any further stinging.
  • Finally a suitable moisturizer is applied, usually emu oil, it is soothing to the skin and has healing and anti-bacterial qualities.
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