Salicylic acid peel (acne peel)

I. H. Kim

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Salicylic acid (SA) has recently been used in higher concentrations as a superficial chemical peeling agent. The author evaluated the efficacy and safety of SA peels as a treatment of acne vulgaris in Asian people. The results prove that this peel is the agent of choice for a number of reasons. Firstly, the lipophilic nature of salicylic acid attacks the comedone with a specific comedolytic action. Secondly, the anti-inflammatory property of salicylic acid is helpful for inflammatory acne lesions and post-inflammatory erythema. Thirdly, this non-inflammatory peel is safe in darker skin types and in the treatment of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-85
Number of pages3
JournalHong Kong Journal of Dermatology and Venereology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Jun


  • Acne vulgaris
  • Salicylic acid
  • Superficial chemical peeling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology

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