Salicylic Acid : Chemical Peel Uses
WHAT IS SALICYLIC ACID?
It’s a beta hydroxyl acids. Available in market in white crystal forms.
HOW DOS IT HELP SKIN?
It works on skin in following way:
- Salicylic acid gets into the oil glands and reduces oil production. Thus helps clear off acne.
- It kills the bacteria causing acne.
- It exfoliates the superficial dead layer of skin. Thus, opens the clogged pores. This helps in treating comedones and acne. Also helps in treating pigmentation. That’s because the increased pigment in superficial dead layer is also removed.
- By exfoliating the superficial dead layer it brings a natural clarity and glow to skin.
FOR WHAT SKIN PROBLEMS IS SALICYLIC ACID PRESCRIBED?
Salicylic acid is prescribed for: melasma, general skin glow, acne , acne marks .
WHAT CAN BE THE SIDE EFFECTS?
If higher concentration is applied, it may burn the skin. Even when right concentration is applied the wrong way, skin burns might happen. This emphasizes the importance of getting peels done from a dermatologist. And not at saloon and spa.
WHAT ARE THE PRECAUTIONS?
Avoid bleach 5 days post salicylic acid peel application. After that one can go ahead with peel.
Avoid saloon facials for 5 days post salicylic acid peel.
Pregnant ladies should not use skin care products using salicylic acid .
CAN ONE NOT GO OUT IN SUN AFTER SALICYLIC ACID PEELS?
It’s not that one cannot go out in sun. But avoid direct sun bathing for 5 days post salicylic acid peel like on beach holiday or sun bathing in winters. One can go out in sun to do routine work.
WHAT ARE SKIN CARE PRODUCTS IN WHICH SKIN CAN GET BENEFIT OF SALICYLIC ACID?
Facewashes : Face wash containing 1 to 2 percent salicylic acid are easily available as OTC.
Creams and gel: Creams and gels containing 1 to 2 percent salicylic acid are available on dermatologist’s prescription for home care use.
Chemical peel: Salicylic acid in 20 to 30 percent are done at dermatologist clinic at 10 days interval.
WHAT ARE THE BEST SALICYLIC ACID PEELS?
Various Salicylic acid peels are available by different brands. But the best are the ones which are freshly prepared. At our clinic every time a fresh salicylic acid peel is made for every patient. Salicylic acid peels absorbs moisture from air and gets diluted. Thus it’s efficacy decrease every time the bottle is opened. This explains why a freshly prepared peel is the best.
WOULD CONTINUOUS USE OF SALICYLIC ACID PEEL LEAD TO THINNING OF MY SKIN?
Absolutely not . Peels removes superficial dead layers of skin. which are eventually replaced by a new layer formed underneath.
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