Salicylic Peel

Definition - What does Salicylic Peel mean?

A salicylic peel is a chemical peel designed to treat the outer layer of facial skin. It uses a beta hydroxy acid known as salicylic acid, which is anti-inflammatory. The treatment is used to remove old, dead layers of skin and to cause regrowth of new skin, which is softer and healthier. This chemical peel is often used to treat severe cases of acne that fails to improve with less drastic measures.

TheConsultation explains Salicylic Peel

A dermatologist may recommend a salicylic peel to treat blackheads and severely oily skin. It can be useful for clogged pores as well. The peel works only on the surface and doesn’t penetrate to the deeper layers of skin. This means less recovery time and fewer side effects. The face must be cleansed before the treatment can be applied. During treatment, the chemical is applied to the skin. It will soon feel warm and may cause stinging. The skin will turn red during the procedure. The peel is usually left in place for up to 25 minutes, but it may be as little as 10 minutes, depending on the condition being treated. The treatment is usually given every two weeks until the desired results are achieved.

Salicylic peels may cause slight irritation or itching as well as increased sun sensitivity. Some people do have an allergic reaction, but it generally only occurs in those with an allergy to aspirin. In addition to treating acne, this kind of peel also helps with seborrheic dermatitis and sun damaged skin. It can brighten skin tone and even reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

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