Salicylic Acid Chemical Peels Brisbane

Salicylic Acid Chemical Peels

Salicylic acid peels – also known as a beta hydroxy acid or BHA chemical peels – are used for exfoliating and anti-inflammatory purposes. They are most commonly used to treat blackheads and whiteheads, however, they can also be used to treat congested and oily skin.*

What is a BHA peel?

A BHA peel stands for beta hydroxy acid, which is derived from aspirin. If you have an allergy to aspirin, BHA peels are not suggested.


BHA peels exfoliate the top layer of skin and deliver anti-inflammatory treatment. This peel is ideal for congestion, blackheads and acne.*

What conditions can salicylic acid peels treat?

BHA peels are typically used to treat acne and acne-prone skin. This is a good peel for clogged skin pores, as well as blackheads and whiteheads. It can also reduce oil production and decrease the overall inflammation caused by acne and pimples.*

What can I expect from a salicylic acid/BHA peel?

The downtime following a BHA peel is variable depending on the concentration. To ensure safety, we typically start with a very low concentration of around 5% and work up to a very high strength of salicylic acid 30%. There is no downtime required for chemical peels at 5%, however, with a salicylic acid peel at 30%, one can expect mild swelling for a period of up to 24 hours (depending on your skin sensitivities).*

Are BHA chemical peels painful?

No. Patients often describe BHA peels as a mild stinging, very similar to that of a sunburn. Unlike AHA peels, BHA peels do not require neutralisation once the peel process is over.

Mild whitening or frosting is seen in areas, especially if you are more prone towards blackheads. In the days immediately following your peel, you may experience some mild peeling, followed by extraction of your blackheads and acne lesions. Active acne may become temporarily red before calming down.*

How many salicylic acid peels will I require before seeing a visible difference?

In most cases, you will notice a difference after the first two or three peels. In some cases, you will notice a marked difference immediately after one super strong chemical peel is applied.*

Can other treatments be combined with salicylic acid chemical peels?

As this peel is mainly used to treat acne, all our other acne treatments such as Omnilux, blue light or Kleresca can be combined with salicylic acid chemical peels. In fact, we’ve found that in combining these treatments most patients receive quicker results!*

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