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Salicylic Acid Peel

What is a chemical peel?

Chemical peels are performed in dermatologist’s offices with the goal of improving acne, acne scars, fine lines, pigmentation (including brown marks from old acne lesions), sun damage and melasma. A peeling agent, such as salicylic acid, is applied to the skin for a specific amount of time. Examples of chemical peels include salicylic acid peels, Jessner’s peels and glycolic peels.

What is a salicylic acid peel for Acne?

Salicylic acid peels are in-office peels performed that effectively treat acne. Salicylic acid peels are great for treating comedonal acne. They also have anti-inflammatory effects that can decrease the erythema (redness) associated with acne. These peels are often used in concentrations of 30% for acne.

What should I expect during my visit for a chemical peel?

Prior to having your salicylic acid peel, you will use cleanser to clean the surface of your skin. Acetone is then use to remove the stratum corneum (the outermost top skin layer) before your salicylic acid peel. The salicylic acid peeling agent is then applied to the skin and left in place between two and five minutes before it is neutralized. Sunscreen will be provided before you leave the office and we will review the post-procedure instructions, so that you know what to expect following the chemical peel. Some dryness and redness is normal after a salicylic acid peel, but you may not experience actual “peeling.”

Is the salicylic acid peel a new type of chemical peel for acne? Is it the best peel for acne?

Salicylic acid has been used in medicine and aesthetics for many years. It is a very safe medication with a variety of uses. There is a newer derivative of salicylic acid, called beta-lipohydroxy acid that is sometimes used in acne treatments and chemical peels. Salicylic acid has remained in the forefront of acne treatment options and in-office chemical peeling agents for many years due to its very effective nature and impressive results. It is considered one of the best peels for active acne. Salicylic acid peels are available for at-home use, but due to the lower concentration of at-home peels compared to in-office peels, the results are not as impressive.

What is the cost of a salicylic acid peel?

The price of a salicylic acid peel varies by the part of the body being treated. Salicylic acid peels are commonly used on the face, chest and back. The cost of a salicylic peel to the face is $175 at Clear Clinic in Manhattan.


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