What is a salicylic treatment?

Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxyl acid peel made from willow bark. It is primarily used for skin conditions such as acne; acne blemishes and scars caused by acne, but can also reverse the effects of aging and smooth fine lines and wrinkles.

How does a salicylic treatment benefit me?

  • Salicylic acid has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties; therefore it will calm and soothe skin irritated by acne.
  • Reduce cyst, blemishes and breakout
  • Exfoliate dull, dead surface skin
  • Cleanse the skin of oil, dirt and debris
  • Penetrate clogged pores and follicles
  • Accelerate collagen production for firmer, healthier skin
  • Remove fine lines and wrinkles
  • Reduce hyperpigmentation

How does a salicylic treatment work for me?

Beta hydroxyl acid peels such as salicylic break the bonds that hold dead skin cells in place and removes those cells, leaving behind healthier, newer looking skin. Salicylic acid is fat soluble which allows penetration of the solution into the skin, to reduce comedones (blackheads and whiteheads). The ability for penetration makes salicylic treatments great for people with oily and/or acne prone skin because it will clean pores more effectively; remove dirt, dust and any accumulated sebum which cause breakout.

Am I a candidate for a salicylic treatment?

A salicylic treatment is excellent for anyone who is concerned about acne blemishes and breakout. Salicylic is also highly recommended for people who have sensitive skin and conditions due to skin sensitivity such as Rosacea.

What can I expect during the treatment?

Before the treatment the skin is thoroughly cleansed. Then the solution is applied and left on for ten to fifteen minutes. You may experience a mild burning sensation while the peel is working. A fan blowing cool air on the treated area is used to minimize discomfort. The solution is removed and a cold compress is applied to ease any irritation. At the conclusion of the treatment, your skin may be slightly red and flaky. The top layer of skin will gradually slough away over the next few days, allowing new skin to appear.

What should I expect after a salicylic treatment?

It is important to use a sun block after a salicylic peel because sun exposure can cause
further irritation and adverse side affects.

What are the contraindications for a salicylic treatment?

A history of allergy to aspirin, pregnancy or lactating is contraindicated.