A Salicylic Acid Peel is used to remove the upper layer of your skin, when it is dulled by dead cells, wrinkle, fine lines, sunburns, acne scars and other types of blotches on the skin. Usually a chemical is used to detach this superficial layer and remove it thereafter by peeling it off.
The Salicylic Acid Peel can be done at three levels depending on the depth of peeling. They are superficial peeling in which only the epithelium, which is the uppermost layer, is removed. But if the problem goes beyond the superficial layer, a Salicylic Acid Peel of medium depth is applied. If it is a matter of removing some serious scars, you will have to apply a deep Salicylic Acid Peel.
For each level, a Salicylic Acid Peel from amc2 with different chemicals is used. The concentration of the chemical also varies. The effect also varies from a mere tingling sensation to real pain. The superficial Salicylic Acid Peel is the mildest and causes the skin to flake off a little. You will have a glow on your skin after it. There is practically no healing time. You can be up and about shortly after the treatment.
The superficial Salicylic Acid Peel is usually done with milder acids like glycolic acid, lactic acid, salicylic acid or even some fruit enzymes. This is mild on your skin and produces only a tingling sensation on skin for a while and the skin will look pink for some time.
But the medium Salicylic Acid Peel is done with stronger chemicals like trichloroacetic acid (AMC2). This is the treatment used for serious skin damages, pigmentation or wrinkles. The level of discomfort caused by this Salicylic Acid Peel is rather serious and it may last 30 minutes to one hour before subsiding. Then patches may appear and serious skin peeling is natural for this Salicylic Acid Peel. The recovery may take a week but the pink color of the skin remains up to 6 weeks.
The deep Salicylic Acid Peel is a very serious business and should be done under the supervision of a specialist. This is done with the help of Phenol (Carbolic acid) or stronger TCA. It is very painful. The recovery time is normally 3 weeks but it will take months for the redness to disappear. There is a risk of scarring or permanent hypo-pigmentation (paler color of the skin).
The depth of the Salicylic Acid Peel is decided by the pH of the chemical. The lower the pH, the deeper will be the peel. Any Salicylic Acid Peel with chemicals with pH of less than 3.5 should be done by a doctor. However, if this treatment is done expertly, you are sure to gain a fabulous result.