Salicylic Acid for Face (Facial Salicylic Acid Peel)

  • Mercedes Florez WhiteEmail author


The salicylic acid peel is one of the safest superficial chemical peels. Salicylic acid is chemically 2-hydrobenzoic acid or ortho-hydroxybenzoic acid, extracted from willow bark, sweet birch, and wintergreen leaves but can also be synthesized artificially. It is lipophilic with strong comedolytic effect, what makes it ideal for the adjuvant treatment of acne. Salicylic acid peel has been indicated also in the management of melasma and other dermatological conditions. In this chapter, we will describe the chemical properties of salicylic acid, as well as the indications of this peel, pre- and post-procedure care, and the technique itself.


Chemical peel Salicylic acid Acne Melasma 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of DermatologyHerbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Florida International UniversityMiamiUSA

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