Salicylic Acid is used in many dermatologic preparations. Found in products for acne, calluses, keratosis pilaris, and dandruff shampoo, salicylic acid works as a comedolytic and keratolytic agent helping epidermal cells shed easily, loosing up congestion and neutralizing bacteria within the pore. Salicylic acid can be used for many different skin types. It is capable of penetrating and breaking-down fats and lipids which makes it a great choice when working with acne-prone skin.
I have worked on many women over 35, concerned with wrinkles, but also experiencing micro-comedonal congestion, whether from hormones, cosmetics, pressure and friction or simply not using the right products. These are the perfect clients to recommend using our Salicylic Wash 2% three to five times per week. It is often all that is needed to gently loosen and exfoliate the skin, without over drying.
For acne-prone skin, whether oily or dry, the benefit of combining salicylic acid with glycolic acid provides a stronger keratolytic effect that is often necessary for chronic acne conditions, very oily “resistant” skin. The key is to blend these actives in way that does not over-dry the skin. The Control Corrective, Acne Spot Treatment, which can be used once to twice daily on the affected area, will do the trick for most. It will not only help clear up the blemish, but will help lighten the residual dark spots.
When choosing a peel for acne prone or “rough” aging skin, our professional Beta Peel 22% is a great choice. This creamy peel contains a strong enough percentage, but will not “over-dry” the skin. Left on 2-3 minutes, then neutralized, it is a perfect peel for those who have built up a tolerance to AHA peels. Keep in mind that 2% salicylic acid = 8% glycolic acid in terms of strength, so when comparing a glycolic acid peel to a salicylic acid peel, the percentages need to be converted in terms of action on the skin.
It is also important to note that salicylic acid peeling is not advised for those allergic to aspirin, while on Accutane, when using Retin-A (or retinoic acid derivatives), during pregnancy, on highly sensitive skin, sunburned skin, on clients going through treatment for auto immune disorders, chemo/radiation, or other treatments that make the skin more photo-sensitive. Always review current medication usage with your clients so you can adjust the facial treatment to best meet their needs. Watch a video demonstration of our Beta Clear Facial to view how to incorporate this peel into your menu.
Salicylic acid peels and products are credited with great skin improvement for many skin conditions and can be a great way to boost and improve the complexion.
A typical home care regimen for combination skin/acne prone adult: