Your skin is exposed to the elements and the effects of aging every single day. An effective way of restoring a glowing complexing and promoting healthier skin is with chemical peels and salicylic acid peels. These treatments gently peel away the uppermost layers of the skin to remove dead skin cells, skin damage, fine lines and wrinkles, and more, allowing healthy new skin cells to take their place. 


What is the Difference Between a Traditional Chemical Peel and a Salicylic Acid Peel?

Traditional chemical peels use glycolic acid, a type of alpha-hydroxy acid, to penetrate the skin. Glycolic acid is derived from sugarcane and fruits like pineapples and grapes. It comes in varying strengths depending on how deep of a peel is needed. Chemical peels tend to be relatively mild and are effective for treating sun damage, acne, and hyperpigmentation. TCA peels are another type of chemical peel that goes slightly deeper and can help minimize the appearance of acne scars and fine lines.

Salicylic acid peels contain beta hydroxy acid, which is a synthetic substance. Salicylic acid is a common ingredient in acne treatments, and a peel can have a similar effect. It exfoliates the skin by causing the top layer to peel away and get rid of oil, dead skin cells, and skin damage.


Benefits of a Chemical Peel

Chemical peels tend to be relatively mild and can cause less peeling than other types of peels. The results can be similar to that of laser resurfacing if done correctly, leaving the skin feeling smoother and softer. Glycolic acid comes in a variety of strengths and can be adjusted to fit your skin care needs.


Benefits of a Salicylic Acid Peel

Salicylic acid peels can be advantageous if you have acne-prone skin. It can penetrate more deeply to cleanse the pores and remove excess oil. Salicylic acid peels tend to be less irritating than chemical peels and contain anti-inflammatory properties making them a good option if you have sensitive skin.


You’re in Good Hands with Us

Dr. Clemenza will assess the condition of your current skin and listen to any concerns you have before determining which type of peel is most appropriate. Some procedures are performed in-office, while others you can do in the comfort of your own home. Contact Keystone OMS’s Hermitage office at (724) 981-8884 to find out if chemical peels or salicylic acid peels are right for your skin care needs.

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