Is the Salicylic safe to apply at home?

As with all our peels, the Salicylic peel may be safely and confidently applied in the home. The salicylic peel has little risk of complication because of the nature of the molecule. Salicylic acid is oil soluble, which is great for two reasons. First, the outside layer of your 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 is therefor the safest of our home chemical peels. It is relatively gentle and a great exfoliator. Of course nothing is without a downside, and Salicylic’s is that it can be very drying to the skin. To prevent excessive dryness I recommend alternating between the Lactic and Salicylic peels. Lactic acid compliments Salicylic very well because it is a natural humectant and actually pulls moisture into the skin. By alternating between the peels you get the benefits of the Salicylic without the excessive dryness. If alternating, apply them 4-6 days apart, each peel no more than once a week.