Salicylic acid Is a beta hydroxy acid ( BHA) derived from silicon, which is found naturally in willow tree bark, Salicylic Acid contains the same anti- inflammatory ingredients as aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid) which gives it an anti- inflammatory effect on the skin.

Salicylic peels effectively reduce excess sebum ( oil ) production, penetrates pores and clears oily intrafollicular debris, both lactic and salicylic acids can be used alone or layered according to the dosage suitable for your skin type.

Salicylic Acid is always applied first as it is lipophilic, with the hydrophilic lactic acid applied over the salicylic , generally , more sensitive skin will tolerate 5% salicylic peels and more robust skin will tolerate up to 30% starting lower and building to 30% over a course of 6-12 peels.

But is it good for your skin type? 

How Dose it work? 

This is a well-known BHA which helps exfoliate dead skin cells and helps with acne, it can penetrate deep into the pores, making it especially effective for blackheads whiteheads and pustules.

Salicylic Acid is a known beta hydroxy acid ( BHA), that can penetrate into the pore lining and exfoliates inside the pore as well as on the surface of the skin.

Salicylic Acid 

  • best for oily, acne-prone skin
  • Reduces breakouts
  • Reduces blackheads and whiteheads
  • controls sebum

Studies Show that when treating acne with a 5-20% concentration, performs comparatively to many harsh acne treatments, it has also been evident that using the same percentage of salicylic acid helps reduce hyperpigmentation like many cosmetic grade topical hydroquinone, it short salicylic acid can help multiple concerns from acne sever and mild, reduces hyperpigmentation, reduces pore size and enlarged pores and helps reduce the pesky blackhead and white heads.

Salicylic Acid is an anti-inflammatory, anti- bacterial acid and helps prevent the formation of comedones,

Salicylic Acid stimulates cell turnover and is a tyrosinase inhibitor, is short cell turn over is exfoliation accelerated by the chemical reaction and tyrosinase is the chemical within your skin that creates pigmentation by inhibiting this or reducing its production this prevents and reduces hyperpigmentation or post inflammatory pigmentation.

Salicylic Acid used in higher forms can remove warts and other skin lesions.

Salicylic Acid also helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles by way of increasing cell turnover, increasing blood flow and circulation to the surface and lower layers of the skin, this encourages new collagen and elastin production and also by eliminating pollutants that cause environmental damages to the surface of the skin .

although when undergoing a salicylic chemical peel, the sensation is heat, tingling and some mild brining this is all very normal and causes some redness or erythema on the surface, this can be from sever redness to mild depending on your skin type, how many treatments you have had , what type of treatments you have had in the past, when your last treatment was, what products and acids you use at home etc,

redness can last from a few hours to a few days depending again on your skin health and type, usually from day 2 post peel up to day 5 post peel some mild to sever dryness sometimes even small scabbing over breakouts, the dryness is great though, its the dead cells beginning to turn over to reveal new fresh skin

From day 1 to day 10 post peel your skin is very prone to external damage from the sun and environment and also products used on the skin, it is imperative that only the skincare your therapist or aesthetician has proscribed is all you use, even if your skin recovers well and you feel like your skin is fine skin repairs internally and also on the exterior one may heal before the other and it best to wait the recommended time as advised by your therapist or aesthetician before returning to your normal skin care regimes .

Chemical peels can vary quiet significantly in % and depending of the % will depend on how often or how many peels should be undertaken for example low potentises can be performed every 14 days for 6-12 treatments then usually its a good idea to change things up and give your skin some time to properly  heal itself, you can still have treatments but change up the type of treatments maybe Microdermabrasion, LED light therapy , high frequency  facials, deep cleansing facials, oxygen therapy etc there are many treatments that will assist with keeping break outs at bay, over peeling the skin can cause sensitivities and you want to avoid this as this is when damage can be caused with peels,

take notes on how your skin feels after 4-6 treatments do your product cause burning or tingling when that wasn’t happening before, are you flushing so getting red cheeks more then normal pay attention to your skin and what its telling you, make sure you are talking to your therapist about what you feel with your skin and the changes good or bad

some higher percentage peels would be undertaken every 4 week or even up 6-8 weeks apart depending again on your skin type and skin preparation etc.

if you are taking the time to have peels and treat your skin then ensure you are using good quality home care as if you are not using the correct home car for your skin type and concerns then the treatments will not be as affective or help at all,

acne has a reason for appearing and forming, acne is not just formed for no reason it comes from many internal issues such as gut health , diet, lack of exercise, hormones and so on it can also be caused by pore hygiene, make up skincare , bacteria on pillows, phones, hands etc make sure when you are assessing the skin issues take a step back and look at all the reason you may be suffering with the issues? have a consult with your therapist and discuss your issues, life style , hormones, diet and so on acne is not as simple as it seems.

I hope the information is a little more helpful in assessing your skin and issues and also what treatments and skincare might assist in your skin concerns.