Acne and oily skin have long been a pet peeve for most people. Who hasn’t felt humiliation wandering about in public with a pimply face? A lot of people have encountered this horrible situation. Thankfully, there are a plethora of options to avoid this from happening to you. One of the more popular options used to fight acne and oily skin is the salicylic acid peel.
What is salicylic acid peel?
The salicylic acid peel is a member of the beta hydroxy acid family. It has been used for thousands of years to help cure acne. When compared to other chemical peels, salicylic acid has a gentler exfoliating action.
The Salicylic Acid Peel Wonders
Salicylic acid cleansers are primarily known for treating acne and blackheads. As a comedolytic, salicylic acid aids in the unclogging of pores and helps in preventing oily skin.
The human body produces sebum —an oil that provides lubrication to skin and hair. This oil is essential in keeping the body moisturized. However, excessive oil production may cause acne. With the use of salicylic acid, the amount of sebum lessens, preventing acne formation.
Salicylic acid peels can also be used as anti-aging peels. They may not completely eradicate deep lines and wrinkles, but they can help soften fine lines and make your complexion better. In addition, salicylic acid peel treatments can aid in fading dark spots and discolorations on the face.
- Once you are done with a salicylic acid peel, the skin becomes shiny and red momentarily. This might cause slight itchiness in the skin.
- Similar to other chemical peels, salicylic acid will make the skin more sensitive to the sun; in this case, you need to wear high SPF especially for the first days after the peel.
Also, people who use salicylic acid cream should halt exfoliation of skin prior to the procedure. Not doing this would cause the peel to go deeply into the skin dermis and damage it.
- At-home Peels
In the previous sections, we have discussed varying degrees of salicylic peel products. The superficial variety doesn't cause the skin to peel but allow other dead skin cells to move away from the surface at a swifter pace. Such peels contain up to 20% salicylic acid, and these varieties include creams and gels, among others.
Some of these solutions are meant to be left overnight, while other varieties need to be washed off after a couple of minutes. Be careful to not leave the product on the skin longer than intended; else, it can only end up irritating your skin.
- Professional Peels
The professional type of peel ranges from 30% to 50% of salicylic acid. A medium depth peel is carried out by aestheticians, while stronger peels on the skin are done by the dermatologist.
Prior to the application of the peel, a solution will be applied to your skin to cleanse it thoroughly. After that, the salicylic acid peel is applied using cotton or sponges for a few seconds. The application of the salicylic solution depends on the type of peel. The solution is left on for up to five minutes, giving a mild burning sensation. The peel is then cleansed using water or a special solution, leaving you with softer and smoother skin. After the peel, you should treat your skin well, and use mild cleansers and moisturizers on it.
With the proper treatment, salicylic acid peels can do wonders for your acne-affected skin. Get rid of acne once and for all! Experience acne-free skin with ASDM Beverly Hills’s variety of peels, creams, and other skin care products!