Salicylic Acid Peel

What is Salicylic Acid Peel?

Salicylic peeling is a procedure for chemical exfoliation of the surface layer of the epidermis. In cosmetology, it is used for medicinal purposes, as well as to eliminate point cosmetic imperfections.

This procedure belongs to a wide spectrum of chemical peels, which is used both for medicinal purposes and as additional skincare. The main component here is salicylic acid – a generally recognized antiseptic and sebum-regulating agent. Coming into contact with the epidermis, it “dissolves” dead cells, evens out the skin relief, and destroys bacteria that provoke acne.

According to the depth of penetration of the composition into the skin, peeling can be of both superficial and mid-surface action. The intensity of its effect depends on the percentage of salicylic acid concentration. The procedure is used to care for the skin of the face, neck, décolleté, arms, and back.

The list of recommendations for a peeling course is very wide. Therefore, indications for the procedure can be conditionally divided into the following groups:

  • Skin problem: oily seborrhea, acne, comedones, folliculitis;
  • Dermatological diseases: seborrheic dermatitis, hyperkeratosis;
  • Aesthetic disadvantages: age spots and post-acne marks;
  • Signs of skin aging: loss of turgor, dull complexion, photoaging.

Contraindications and restrictions

One of the disadvantages of this peeling is a number of contraindications to the procedure. The intense exfoliating effect of salicylic acid can harm rosacea and worsen the condition of the skin with existing abrasions, scratches, and sunburn. This procedure is prohibited during pregnancy, as well as during lactation.

The first stage is the preparatory phase. At DerMA clinic, Guelph Area, we advise that you stop visiting the bathhouse, sauna, or swimming pool two weeks before the first procedure to prepare the skin for chemical exfoliation.

First, the skin is cleansed of makeup and impurities, and then the beautician applies a preparatory mask. After washing it off, the face is wiped with an antiseptic, and then the stage of direct application of the peeling begins.

The exfoliant comes in two forms: solution and paste. The concentration of salicylic acid here can be different:

  • 15-20% is used for superficial exfoliation when the aim is to reduce the activity of the sebaceous glands and get rid of acne;
  • 25-30% is used for mid-surface peeling, when it is necessary to smooth out shallow wrinkles, even out the skin relief, get rid of scars, and stimulate the synthesis of collagen fibers.

The peeling agent is kept on the skin for no more than 10 minutes. It is important to apply a protective cream on the face at the final stage because, after exfoliation, the sun’s rays and even a breath of wind can be irritating.

The whole procedure lasts 30 minutes. During the period of action of the peeling agent, tingling and burning sensation are felt – this is a normal skin reaction.

A normal reaction will be redness of the skin, a feeling of dryness and tightness. After a few days peeling of the skin will/may begin: this signals the renewal of the epidermis. If peeling doesn’t occur, this doesn’t mean the procedure didn’t work.

The required number of procedures depends on the specific goal of treatment. At DerMA clinic, our specialist, Dr. Sajic, peeling course does not exceed 8 sessions: the maximum duration is prescribed for hyperkeratosis, seborrheic dermatitis, acne, and hyperpigmentation. To care for the skin of the face and hands, you must undergo at least 5 procedures.

On average, the interval between sessions is 1-2 weeks

If you have skin problems or want to look younger, salicylic peels are for you. Taking care of yourself is a great opportunity not only to look attractive but also to improve your well-being and mood! Your aesthetic appearance is our top priority at DerMA clinic.