Cheshire Skin Clinic - Chemical Peels & Deep Heat Treatments
Salicylic acid is a Beta-Hydroxy Acid (BHA). It occurs in nature in sweet birch and in wintergreen leaves, a form of it was originally discovered by American Indians. It is a highly effective peeling agent and an excellent pore cleanser with anti-wrinkle and anti-acne properties.
Salicylic acid is a compound closely related to aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid - picture 3), and it retains its 'aspirin-like' anti-inflammatory properties, therefore salicylic acid blends powerful skin exfoliation with skin soothing actions.
A deep BHA peel can be superior for certain skin types because the irritation and inflammation are kept to a minimum due to the analgesic action of the BHA compound.
Salicylic acid is soluble in oil and can exfoliate oily skin areas, even within oil-rich pores. Therefore, it has a beneficial effect on acne, pigmentary anomalies, and sun damaged skin.
Salicylic acid (molecular structure shown in picture 4) works by softening keratin, a protein that forms part of the skin structure. This helps to loosen dry scaly skin making it easier to remove. In acne, salicylic acid helps slow down shedding of the cells inside the follicles, preventing clogging. Salicylic acid also helps break down blackheads and whiteheads.
Salicylic acid can be used to treat; inflammatory acne, acne scarring, rosacea, wrinkles, pigmentation, psoriasis, folliculitis, & melasma, it can also be used for a 'body peel'.