WHAT SALICYLIC PEEL USERS ARE SAYING:
By S from NY on 4/27/11
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Excellent and highly effective in clearing out congestion and brightening the skin. Does give a whitening affect to the skin and slight patches of flakiness.
By Merry Merry from Tucson, AZ on 5/10/2011
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
I use this acid on a teenage boy with severe acne. It is very effective at treating the issue. We started out with the 10% and moved to 20% he is very happy with the results.
Salicylic Acid chemical peels work to reduce bacteria, inflammation and excessive sebum from deep within the pore that can otherwise proliferate and create a rough, blotchy appearance. The multifaceted Salicylic chemical peel gently addresses many of the systemic root causes of acne blemishes. Aside from Salicylic Acid’s appetite for acne, its function as an anti-fungal agent can also provide substantial relief to those suffering from chronic yeast overgrowth (Candida). Salicylic Acid peels also provide marked improvements in skin tone, texture and clarity.
Salicylic Peel - Results
With use of this peeling solution, your skin may become red and take on a frosting appearance during application. In some cases, the skin will have a temporary anesthesia or numbing effect. Breakouts may also occur after peeling. This reaction is normal and the breakout is due to the pores cleansing and bringing debris to the surface. Your skin should begin to balance out within a few weeks, leading to clearer and less oily skin.
Salicylic Acid Defined
Salicylic Acid, also known as Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA), is derived from the bark of the willow tree. Salicylic Acid’s unique ability to penetrate pores, due to its oil-soluble properties, makes it a particularly excellent treatment for acne vulgaris. In addition to exfoliating the epidermis, BHA removes comedone debris from deep within the pore lining thus improving its function, appearance and pore-formance. In fact, the FDA has approved Beta Hydroxy Acid as an OTC drug for acne conditions. Salicylic Acid also acts as a mild anti-inflammatory and skin conditioning agent therefore improving its texture and clarity.
Available Strengths: 2% – 30% (Results will vary upon selected strength)
Salicylic acid is a beta-hydroxy-acid that is commonly used in many acne treatments. It is derived from willow tree bark and can help to reduce excess sebum in the skin. Its anti-inflammatory and exfoliant properties also make it a popular choice for other skin treatments, such as psoriasis, calluses, corns and warts.
Similar to glycolic acid, salicylic acid encourages the epidermis to shed, keeping pores clear of cellular debris. As this exfoliation process helps to remove dry, scaly skin - keeping pore blockage to a minimum - it is very helpful in preventing breakouts.
Because salicylic acid is readily available over-the-counter, it may be tempting to use different types of treatment at once, or to overuse the product. However, excessive use can actually be detrimental to the skin and may cause dryness, peeling and irritation. As such, it is important to use care when implementing a new product into your skin-care routine.
Nevertheless, used correctly, many salicylic treatments can be a positive addition to any skincare regimen, especially for those with oily and acne prone skin.
Salicylic Acid Peel
Particularly effective is the salicylic acid peel, as it is able to penetrate deeper into the skin - removing blackheads, whiteheads and diminishing fine lines. At a concentration of 10 to 30 %, salicylic acid peels have a much higher level of concentration than drugstore salicylic acne creams, which are typically at 1 to 5%.
At this high concentration level, salicylic acid acts as a peeling agent dissolving the top layer of the epidermis. This peel aims to resurface the skin, resulting in a smoother complexion - treating current acne as well as preventing future breakouts.
A few days prior to the treatment, it is best to avoid exfoliation as the peel is already designed to remove the top layers of the epidermis. The skin should be clean and free from any creams, so a mild cleanser should be used beforehand.
Typically, the peel is placed on the skin for a period not exceeding 20 minutes. There is slight tingling involved, but the process should not cause any pain or discomfort. Once removed, the skin may appear red and shiny, but this will fade within a couple of hours if the peel performed is superficial. A mild lotion or cream may be applied to help with soothing, and makeup can usually be applied immediately or within a day.
As with any treatment, it is always important to protect the skin from harmful UV rays after the peel, as this can aggravate and cause damage to the skin. Always use an SPF 30 or above.
Salicylic Peel Information
Skin Type: Salicylic Acid is generally safe for most skin types particularly normal to oily, sun damaged, sensitive, dull, uneven and dehydrated. Sensitive skin should progress product potency over time.
Standard Benefits: Reduction of acne inflammation, clogged pores, seborrheic dermatitis, psoriasis, ingrown hairs, wrinkles and fine lines, improved texture and clarity.
Side Effects: A temporary numbing effect has been noted upon initial contact as well as heightened skin sensitivity, purging, redness and peeling. Vigilant broad-spectrum sunscreen use is crucial for post-peel success.
Potency/Strength: Ranging from LIGHT (10%), MEDIUM (20%) and DEEP (30%).
The PH Factor: PH determines the acidity or alkalinity of a chemical solution. As the PH lowers, the Salicylic Acid’s intensity/strength increases.
Ingredients: Isopropyl Alcohol, Deionized Water, Salicylic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Hexylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA.
Caution: Please read peel instructions! When proper direction is administered, risks are minimal. However, always protect the new skin’s delicate barrier with MedPeel’s Hyaluronic Moisturizer Serum and Age-Defy SPF 30 + Moisturizer. Salicylic Acid is a derivative of Aspirin and should be avoided by those allergic to Salicylates.
Downtime: Mild/Moderate – Varies accordingly to individual skin traits and selected Salicylic Peel strength/potency. Superficial to medium depth peels approximately require a 7 to 10 day recuperation period. Salicylic Acid’s purging effect may necessitate a longer healing period.
Maintenance: Maintain long-term results of a Salicylic Peel with regular use of MedPeel’s Salicylic Acid 2% Exfoliator as well as habitual use of SPF 30 or higher.
Sunburn Alert: This product contains an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that may increase your skin's sensitivity to the sun and the possibility of sunburn. Use a sunscreen, wear protective clothing, and limit sun exposure while using this product.