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Acne Treatments: Salicylic Peels

Salicylic peels use beta-hydroxy acid (BHA) to refine and resurface the outermost layer of skin, known as the epidermis. If you suffer from common skin conditions, such as acne, oily skin, rosacea or frequent whiteheads or blackheads on your face, chest or back you may be a perfect candidate for this procedure.

At Windsor Dermatology, many of our patients have noticed a reduction in the frequency and severity of their acne, an improvement in their skin tone and texture and a softer, smoother facial appearance, with a marked decrease in dry areas and rough patches. They also report extremely satisfied results, without the downtime and side effects associated with more aggressive chemical peels.

How It Works

Our skilled aesthetician uses a 20-30% BHA concentrated solution, which is applied to the skin in a matter of minutes. Although you may initially feel some slight stinging or a burning sensation, this quickly goes away. The peel remains in place for approximately 10-15 minutes and then cold water is used to remove the peel. You are able to return to work or other normal activities immediately following the procedure.

There are some pre-treatment recommendations that the aesthetician will discuss with you in greater detail during your consultation, which is required prior to treatment.

The Benefits

Following your treatment, you may notice an improvement in the feel and texture of your skin. It may appear softer and smoother. Acne breakouts may become less frequent and severe. You may notice a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles. Your pores may be less noticeable and your face less oily. Facial redness and blotchiness may be significantly diminished.

Discover how Windsor Dermatology can help you to reclaim a more youthful appearance with salicylic (BHA) peels, performed by our staff aesthetician. Salicylic peels are a non-invasive alternative to traditional surgical methods, and they have been shown to be effective in treating or eliminating the following skin conditions:

  • Severe/persistent acne
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Rosacea
  • Clogged pores
  • Whiteheads
  • Blackheads
  • Skin discoloration

Most Common Treatments

  • Topical antibiotics applied to the skin can be recommended to help control the inflammation associated with the redness and swelling of acne.
  • Oral antibiotics are usually indicated for moderate to severe acne of the chest, back and shoulders. They work by reducing the presence of bacteria.
  • Topical retinoids (vitamin A derivatives) may exfoliate the skin and open pores.
  • Isotretinoin originally sold under the brand name Accutane, works by shrinking oil glands and decreasing oil production. After five to six months, most patients are clear and the majority remain clear for years. Windsor Dermatology physicians have had superior results with Isotretinoin.
  • Hormonal agents such as oral contraceptives or spirnolactone may treat women with moderate to severe acne. Hormonal agents are often used for acne that begins or worsens in adulthood.

Tips for Treating Acne at Home

  • Use a mild, soap-free, fragrance-free cleanser and wash gently in the morning and at night. There’s no need to wash more than twice a day and you don’t want to scrub hard. Also avoid alcohol-based cleansers which can cause irritation and aggravate acne.
  • We know it’s tempting, but when you squeeze or pick at pimples, you can actually push the infection deeper into your skin and make matters worse. It can even cause scarring. Not good!
  • Follow your doctor’s instructions pumping a pea-sized amount of the medication onto your hand and spreading it evenly across your face is best. Using more won’t speed things up (sorry!) and it’s not a good idea to spot-treat. Stick with the right amount and stay consistent.
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