Beta-hydroxy acid peels are similar to low-strength alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) peels, but they contain salicylic acid. Since BHA is oil-soluble, it penetrates deeper to clean out pores and regulate sebum.
Commonly prescribed to oily and acne-prone skin, salicylic acid peels are best for fighting blackheads, whiteheads and clogged pores, as well as uneven skin tone, fine lines, and wrinkles. This kind of peel’s effects are limited to the epidermis because the acid doesn’t penetrate deep within the skin, no matter how long it’s left on.
Post-peel, your skin may be red, flaky, itchy or even shiny for the first few days. If your skin is dry or normal, a beta-hydroxy acid peel may be too harsh for you. Regardless of skin type, however, you should always use a sunscreen with a high SPF after this kind of peel, since it increases sun sensitivity.
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