Acne treatment is the topic of this week at BES and we’re going to talk about some of the different products out there which people are currently using. One of those products is the Salicylic Acid Peel by Skin Laboratory, which currently sits at #5 in our list of top acne treatments for this year.
What Is It?
Compared to other salicylic peels, Skin Laboratory have done a good job in creating one that has the perfect balance of salicylic acid to suit most peoples needs.
This ingredient believe it or not, used to be organically derived from the bark of a willow tree. Pretty crazy huh?
Nowadays it’s derived sythetically from a compound known as salicin which has incredibly similar attributes to aspirin.
Okay getting a little too techy now
Salicylic acid can be used in many different products including; foams, lotions and even shampoo, however in this case, Skin Labs have decided to release a form of gel peel to help allow the solution to soak deeper in your skin pores.
How Does Salicylic Acid Work?
Surprisingly there ain’t that many peels on the market. This form of treatment works by resolving one of the BIG 3 causes of acne, which is that it helps to shed and remove dead skin cells.
One of the biggest benefits it has is its ability to penetrate right into the follicle and eventually clear any skin debris that could potentially lead to a blockage, which then later could result in a breakout.
Here’s some quick instructions on applying this chemical peel:
The first step is to use a cleanser before rinsing off. Make sure you use warm water so that your pores are able to open up a little wider.
Apply a toner, any will do. This will help to remove any trace of the cleanser you applied previously.
Apply the salicylic acid to your problem areas only. For best results don’t use your hands but instead either a brush or cotton ball.
For the best results, leave the skin peel on for 3-5 minutes before washing off with cool water and patting your face dry.
You will see some redness almost immediately and over the next 3-5 days, your skin will start to fall off…DON’T WORRY this is meant to happen and the result most of the time will be amazing.
Just a precaution, make sure you apply the peel at least a quarter of an inch away from your eyes.
Why It’s Hot!
There’s a couple of things we really liked about Skin Laboratory’s attempt at a salicylic acid peel:
1. It seems to work amazingly for those with already dry skin. Because it directly targets the dead skin cells inside pores and hair follicles, those with dryer than normal skin tend to suffer breakouts due to an excess of loose skin cells caught deep inside their skin. Removing that dead skin, cancels out the chances of a breakout possibly occurring in the future.
2. You don’t have to use it very often. Because it’s one of the more powerful acne prevention methods, it’s not recommended you use the peel more then once a month. If you do decide you want to use it more regularly, make sure you consult a dermatologist to ensure you don’t cause any major long term damage to your skin.
3. It’s cheap! Considering you don’t have to apply it regularly, one bottle should end up lasting you a few months. The price varies with different brands, but you should be able to pick up a bottle for anywhere between $25 and $50.
Why It’s Not!
Like any acne treatment, salicylic acid peels have their disadvantages:
1. It has been known to cause potential long term skin damage. Due to the fact that yes it is a form of acid and acid tends to like to burn through things, it can cause deep tissue skin damage if left on for too long or if the formula isn’t diluted to less than 17%. And depending on the sensitivity levels of a persons skin, some people may see a outbreak of acne a day after applying the peel.
2. It has no effect on sebum levels which is again another of the BIG 3 acne causes. Resolving only one of the 3 reasons for acne, doesn’t mean that it will work for everybody. Instead this form of treatment works best for those with dryer than normal skin and shouldn’t be mistaken for a complete acne management system like Exposed Acne Treatment or Proactiv.
3. There are some side effects. The most common is redness and severe itching in your skin. Also highly severe side effects could result when used by someone who has allergies to this form of treatment. ALWAYS check with your doctor or dermatologist first before applying salicylic acid to your skin.
As far a doing what it’s supposed to do – remove dead skin cells to prevent pore and follicle blockages – this treatment most of the time does just this, however is it a complete acne solution?
In our minds it only takes care of one of the BIG 3 causes of acne, a bit of a disadvantage when it comes to completely managing the problem.
We also encountered on numerous occasions people who had used the peel and saw the opposite effects, which were outbreaks that started a day or two after application.
Also make sure you consult your doctor or dermatologist first to determine that you don’t have any allergies to this type of treatment, as there are some fairly serious side effects that have been seen in the past.
In the end the majority of those who have given it a try, saw positive results so we can’t say anything too bad about it.