Can a Salicylic Acid peel reduce acne inflammation?

Acne Inflammation: Whiteheads, often called zits, are frustrating to anyone suffering from acne. These white heads cause inflammation in the skin upon breakouts. Whitehead acne treatment is not difficult, but must be done with care to prevent acne scarring and problem skin later on in life. With caution, however, treating zits and removing whiteheads can be easily remedied at home.

Acne inflammation

One remedy that can be used is spot treatment. For the best effect, apply only to the inflamed whitehead, and leave it on for a longer time than usual (since it is only directed on one spot). After several minutes, if it starts to sting, take a wet paper towel and gently dab the area that was treated.  This will neutralize that area, and prevent the peel from penetrating too deep.  The peel can be removed with water when the application time is finished.  Apply the Salicylic twice daily for 2 weeks, or until skin has cleared.  Then apply 2-3 times a week for a full facial.

Salicylic helps to kill the bacteria causing the infection, and in the end causing the whitehead to shrink. It works best when the acne is closer to the surface.  If the infection is very deep or cystic, the process will take a longer pace since the acid won’t be able the reach the infection.

Another option to treating whiteheads is applying warm to hot water on the face or the acne spot with a clean towel or washcloth. First, wet a clean washcloth with water that is warm to hot in temperature. Do NOT burn yourself! Place the washcloth over the area where the whitehead acne is located or place the towel gently on the face. The warm water softens the skin, helping to prevent acne scarring. It also will help open up your pores and help get rid of impurities. Repeat this process until the skin is soft and warm. Alternately, you can skip this step and move on to step two if you are performing the acne treatment immediately upon exiting a hot shower or bath.

With clean hands, gently insert the sharpened tip of the blood lancet into the whitehead. It is important to just puncture the tip of the whitehead. Do not “pick” the whitehead with the lancet. The goal is to create a small opening in the whitehead to allow the whitehead acne to drain.

With clean fingers, and using only the fingertips, not the fingernails, apply gentle, even pressure on both sides of the whitehead. The white pus from the whitehead acne should flow slowly out of the opening created by the lancet. When finished, clean the area again with the washcloth.

Apply one drop of tea tree oil to the area where the whitehead acne had been. Tea tree oil is a home remedy for acne. Its antibacterial properties make it an ideal natural acne treatment. Apply one to three times per day to help prevent acne or treat acne.

Tips and Warnings

If your whitehead acne is persistent, consult with a doctor or an esthetician (skin care professional) for a personalized acne treatment and prevention plan.

For best results, remove acne and whiteheads after a shower or hot bath taken in the evening. The steam from the shower will soften the skin, and the skin will have a chance to close up again before being exposed to free radicals and elements found outside.

For persistent acne, consider using topical treatments, such as benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid creams.
Do not use fingernails or pick at acne. Doing so can spread the bacteria that causes acne to other areas of the face, and can increase the chances of acne scarring.