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.
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Hong Kong Journal of Dermatology and Venereology|
|Publication status||Published - 2005 Jun 1|
- Acne vulgaris
- Salicylic acid
- Superficial chemical peeling
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