What Does a Chemical Peel Do?

A salicylic acid treatment is used to improve the appearance of the skin. This is achieved by removing dead skin cells from the surface of the skin and exfoliating the oily areas of the skin. A chemical peel are used specifically to correct the following:

  • To treat acne and and heal scars left behind by chronic acne.
  • To improve oily skin and remove black heads.
  • To improve fine lines and wrinkles.
  • To fade marks left behind by sun damage.

For individuals who have tried various over the counter and cosmetic services to improve their acne but have seen little improvement, a salicylic acid treatment may be the perfect next step.

How a Salicylic Acid Treatment Works

After thoroughly cleansing your skin, a mild chemical peel is applied to the skin for a predetermined amount of time. The amount of time the chemical is left on your skin is decided based on the concentration of the chemical peel, but is usually between 10 and 25 minutes.

Over the next two weeks, the most superficial layer of skin is removed. Depending on the severity of the skin and the imperfections you hope to correct, multiple treatments may be necessary. However, it is recommended that you wait two weeks between treatments to allow your skin to heal entirely.

The side effects of a chemical peel may include itchiness and irritation of the skin, skin redness, peeling of the skin, and sensitivity to the sun. However, because a salicylic acid treatment is a mild and safe chemical peel, the recovery time is quick and the side effects should be short lived.

In order to encourage proper healing of the skin after a salicylic acid treatment, doctor’s orders should be followed concerning post treatment instructions. These instructions could include using a special wash regularly as chosen by your doctor, moisturizing daily, dressing the wound and apply ointment for deep peels, and protecting the skin from the sun.

Depending on the severity of the skin problems you are looking to correct, you may choose from a superficial peel, medium peel, or deep peel which all have varying lengths of recovery time and aftercare. Consult with your doctor if you are considering a chemical peel, they can help you to determine if a chemical peel is a good option for you and guide you in choosing the appropriate chemical peel for your skin.

Call New Look Vein and Aesthetic Institute at (314) 272-4150 to learn more about salicylic acid treatments and other chemical peels offered.