Salicylic peel for acne: There are a couple of treatments you can do to speed up the healing and diminish its appearance.
If you have oily skin and find that you need a little more help with your acne problems, you can normally leave the salicylic peel overnight and this is only for “spot treatment”, NOT for the entire face! The oily skin will neutralize the salicylic acid, without the need to wash it off. But be careful, you can only do this with the salicylic acid, not with any of the AHA’s like glycolic or lactic, because the molecules are different. The AHA’s wont be able to self-neutralize. The safest way to use a chemical peel is to always rinse after each use.
These are a few more factors that the Salicylic acid have that helps remedy acne problems:
Anti-inflammatory and Antiseptic Properties- the Salicylic Acid (also in aspirin) works actively to reduce the redness and inflammation of the pimple, and to eliminate irritation to the spot, further reducing swelling.
Germicidal – as a primary hormone in the plant’s immune system, the acid helps kill the P. acnes bacteria and restore healthy environment for faster healing.
Oil Soluble – the salicylic acid because of its oil solubility is able to effectively penetrate the sebum clogged pores of the skin You might be hesitant about putting acid on your face, but using Salicylic Acid is actually much safer than using something like lemon juice (citric acid) because of the nature of the molecule. Salicylic acid is oil soluble, which is great for two reasons. First, the outside layer of you skin is covered in oil, and being oil soluble, the salicylic acid is able to penetrate this outer layer. However the under this outermost layer is the dermis, and this layer is made up of mostly water. As you know oil and water don’t mix, and this keeps the Salicylic acid from moving down past the outer most levels of the epidermis, and so it stays on the surface of the skin.
What’s the Catch? Of course nothing is without a downside, and Salicylic’s is that it can be very drying to the skin. So if you are using it, you will need to make sure and apply a non-comedonic moisturizer such as our Hydrating Repair cream or Cetaphil to prevent excessive dryness. Additionally, use of the salicylic deep gel cleanser on a regular basis between peels will help calm the acne and oily skin, and speed up the process of clearing the skin.