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Salicylic Acid 20 Chemical Peel

The Salicylic 20% peel is a medium strength beta hydroxy acid peel used to clear clogged pores with repeated use and address oil production when used regularly. This medium strength peel is appropriate for oily/acneic skin for experienced users and is safe for all skin tones.

It also works well for uneven skin tones, salicylic acid peels in strengths between 20% to 30% to are used to treat epidermal pigment, and in the treatment of melasma. Salicylic acid peels can be done on the face, neck, back, shoulders, hands, knees, and elbows.

Salicylic Acid 20 Chemical Peel


Salicylic Acid is a Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) with capacity for deep pore penetration that makes it an excellent choice for those prone to mild and moderate acne vulgaris. Dead skin and debris can plug the delicate pore resulting in blackheads, whiteheads and acne eruptions. Salicylic Acid’s winning combination of antiseptic and exfoliating properties promotes a clear, healthy complexion!

Salicylic Acid Chemical Peel will begin to purge clogged pores even after the first chemical peel. As a result, acne breakouts may temporarily heighten. Nevertheless, the pore purification process should ultimately improve acne conditions and provide a clear path to beautiful skin! Salicylic Acid chemical peels also provide marked improvements in skin tone, texture and clarity.

20% Salicylic Acid Peel Benefits

Salicylic acid has several beneficial properties that make it well suited for peeling applications. These include:

  • Comedolytic. This is a fancy word that means salicylic acid unplugs dead skin cells and built-up oils that can cause acne blemishes.
  • Desmolytic. Salicylic acid has the abilities to exfoliate skin cells through disrupting intercellular connections. This is known as a desmolytic effect.
  • Anti-inflammatory. Salicylic acid has an anti-inflammatory effect on the skin at low concentrations. This may help in treating acne.

Dermatologists frequently use salicylic acid because of its advantageous effects to treat skin issues like:

  • acne
  • melasma
  • freckles
  • sunspots

Salicylic Acid 20 Chemical Peel Side Effects

There are some people who shouldn’t use salicylic acid peels, including:

  • people with a history of allergy to salicylates, including aspirin in some people
  • people who are using isotretinoin (Accutane)
  • people with active dermatitis or irritation on the face
  • pregnant women

If a person has an area of skin cancer, they shouldn’t apply a salicylic acid peel to the affected area.

Because salicylic acid peels are usually milder peels, they don’t have too many side effects. They can include:

  • redness
  • mild tingling sensation
  • peeling
  • greater sun sensitivity

How is it different from other chemical peels?

Doctors usually classify chemical peels into three categories. These include:

  • Superficial. These peels affect the outer layers of skin only. They can treat conditions such as acne, melasma, and hyperpigmentation. Examples include glycolic, lactic, or low concentrations of trichloroacetic acid peels.
  • Medium. These peels penetrate deeper into the dermis. Doctors treat conditions like pigmentation disorders, including sunspots, and wrinkles with medium-depth peels. A higher percentage of trichloroacetic acid peel (i.e., 35 to 50 percent) is usually a medium-depth peel.
  • Deep. These peels can penetrate deep into the dermis, into the middle of the reticular dermis. They’re only available at a doctor’s office and can treat skin concerns such as deep scarring, deep wrinkles, and severe sun damage. Examples include a Baker-Gordon peel, a phenol, or a high percentage of trichloroacetic acid.

The depth of a salicylic acid peel depends on the percentage of acid the skin care professional applies, as well as how many layers or passes are made with the solution and skin preparation. OTC salicylic acid peels are superficial.

It’s important to note that these OTC products aren’t regulated by the FDA, and they could cause burns or scarring. It’s always best to discuss using any at-home peels with your dermatologist.

A dermatologist can also apply a stronger peel that has a medium-depth effect.


Contains 3% Glycolic Acid for skin cleansing and prep prior to chemical peel treatment. Using small percentage of Glycolic Acid before a chemical peel treatment will aid in lowering ph level of your skin, creating a more effective peel result. Ideal for most skin types.
Peel Prep Solution will help to bring the skin’s pH level down to the correct pH for a deep penetrating chemical peel treatment. The first step to any chemical peel treatment.
Neutralizer Solution is formulated to stop the chemical peel from continuing to exfoliate the skin. Returns skin to normal ph balance.
Unmatched hydrating properties result in increased smoothness and softening and a decrease in wrinkles. 100% Pure Hyaluronic formula helps reduce inflammation post-peel and keeps skin well hydrated.


With use of this peeling solution, your skin may become red and take on a frosting appearance during application. In some cases, the skin will have a temporary anesthesia or numbing effect. Breakouts may also occur after peeling. This reaction is normal and the breakout is due to the pores cleansing and bringing debris to the surface. Your skin should begin to balance out within a few weeks, leading to clearer and less oily skin. Available Strengths: 2% – 30% (Results will vary upon selected strength).

Skin Type:

Salicylic Acid is generally safe for most skin types particularly normal to oily, sun damaged, sensitive, dull, uneven and dehydrated. Sensitive skin should progress product potency over time.

Standard Benefits:

Reduction of acne inflammation, clogged pores, seborrheic dermatitis, psoriasis, ingrown hairs, wrinkles and fine lines, improved texture and clarity


Maintain long-term results of a MedPeel Salicylic Chemical Peel with regular use of MedPeel’s Salicylic Acid 2% Exfoliator as well as habitual use of SPF 30 or higher

FOR BEST RESULTS: There are no U.S. laws or regulations that require cosmetics to have specific shelf lives or have expiration dates on their labels, but there is a time frame for when they should be used after opening. We recommend using the product 90 days after opening maximum. Unopened and kept in a cool, dry environment away from direct sunlight, some products can last up to 2 years. While using older products may not be relatively harmful, the product may have lost some potency and may not be as effective as a newer, fresher product.


10% – Light Strength

The Salicylic 10% Chemical Peel is a light strength beta hydroxy acid chemical peel used to clear clogged pores with repeated use.This light strength chemical peel is appropriate for an oily, acneic skin type and is meant for new/sensitive users and safe for all skin tones.
20% – Medium Strength

The Salicylic 20% Chemical Peel is a medium strength beta hydroxy acid chemical peel used to clear clogged pores with repeated use and address oil production when used regularly.This medium strength chemical peel is appropriate for oily/acneic skin for experienced users and is safe for all skin tones.
30% – Deep Strength

The Salicylic 30% Chemical Peel is a deep strength beta hydroxy acid chemical peel used to clear clogged pores with repeated use.This deep strength chemical peel is appropriate for experienced users only with an oily/acneic skin type and is safe for all skin tones.

Salicylic acid peels aren’t a new approach. People have used salicylic acid peels for more than 2,000 years in their skin treatments. The acid is naturally found in willow bark and wintergreen leaves, but skin care manufacturers can make it in the lab, too.

Salicylic acid belongs to the beta hydroxy acid family of acids. Great for zapping oil on the skin, when used as a peel, this type of acid is good for those who have pimples and acne.

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