Salicylic acid peel is an acid solution that, when applied topically to the skin, can often reduce scarring, fine lines, acne and old blemishes. It will usually leave one’s skin fresher looking and less oily. Since salicylic acid is a chemical compound, there are certain things you should be aware of before undergoing skin peel treatments, like allergies. If you are allergic to aspirine Salicylic peels are not for you.

The following paragraphs will provide you with an overview of what this peeling agent is, how to begin treatments, and what those treatments consist of, as well as the expected results, treatment recovery time, and possible side effects. A few precautions worth taking into account are also noted.

What Is Salicylic Acid and What Does It Do?

Salicylic acid, also known as 2-hydroxybenzoic acid, was originally produced from a substance that comes from the bark of the willow tree, although much of the compound that is in use today has been chemically synthesized from sodium phenolate, carbon dioxide, and sulfuric acid. The substance found in willow bark is a hormone called salicin. This hormone plays an important role in plant growth and development. Salicin has also been recognized as having medicinal properties for at least 2,500 years. In the early nineteenth century, chemists found a way to extract salicin from the willow bark. Soon after, it was found that the extract can be converted into a sugar and another compound that, when oxidized, produces 2-hydroxybenzoic acid. It’s not only willow bark that produces the extract from which the acid can be produced. A number of different fruits also contain the extract, as do several vegetables.

Whether it is produced from salicin extract or it is synthesized, salicylic acid has long been known for its ability to relieve pain as well as to reduce fever. It functions as both an anti-inflammatory agent and one that creates enzymes that produce pro-inflammatory mediators. It has antibacterial properties as well. It is for these properties that Salicylic acid works so well for occasional pimples and acne.

When used as a topical agent as is the case when certain skin conditions are involved, the acid solution breaks down lipids (i.e., oils and fats) in the upper layers of the skin. It also has a cleansing effect on the pores. It burns the skin as well. Consequently it could do damage to the skin if used in concentrations that are too high. Solutions of 15% to 40% yield wonderful yet predictable results and are safe on all skin tones.

Ok so who does a Salicylic acid peel and why?

If you suffer from occasional or seasonal breakouts, have mild acne blackheads , whiteheads, oily skin or old marks from past pimples this is your peel. Its awesome for before ypu go down to the coast where humidity is higher and your skin tends to breakout. NB this is what you need to do to keep your skin clear for that matric vaykay!! If you have dry sensitive skin this is NOT your peel.

The peels vary in strength and peeling visibility, so check with us before hand. But generally not a lot of peeling.
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