How Salicylic Acid Works in Acne Treatments
At AMAE Med Spa in the Troy, MI area clinical strength Salicylic Acid is our weapons in the battle to beat acne. Here’s the 4-1-1 on how it works, and why it’s become a popular acne treatment for patients who experience regular breakouts.
How Masks Aggravate Acne
During stressful situations the body’s increases production of the stress hormone “cortisol” – which stimulates increased production of oil (sebum). Sebum clog pores, where debris accumulates and bacteria develops causing acne breakouts.
And, because masks are designed to keep germs out and moisture in, face masks “trap” pore-blocking oil within the skin. As a result many people are experiencing pimples and acne eruptions from wearing masks. Fortunately, salicylic acid is an effective and affordable treatment that can reverse the any type of acne – including acne resulting from wearing face masks.
At AMAE inthe Troy, MI area we offer the best, state-of-the-art acne treatments for teens and adults. Learn about the latest acne treatments and see why clinical strength salicylic acid is one of our secret weapons.
What is Salicylic Acid?
Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid (versus an alpha hydroxy acid). Which in scientific terms, just means its hydroxy element is separated from its acid molecule by two carbon atoms instead of one. This is important because makes salicylic acid oil soluble so it can penetrate the pores of the skin and attack pimples at the source.
How Salicylic Acid Works in Acne Treatments
Salicylic acid is a superhero when it comes to acne treatments. Compared to an alphy hydroxy acid that just exfoliates the skin, salicylic acid actually penetrates the skin and dissolves the intercellular matter that holds skin cells together.
Salicylic acid is a keratolytic medication, which means it softens and sloughs off the top layer of skin cells during treatment. In addition to efficient exfoliation, our AMAE Med Spa clinicians prefer using salicylic acid for acne treatments because it also has the ability to unclog pores by loosening and breaking down desmosomes, which are the out layer of skin cell attachments.
In addition to treating acne, salicylic acid can also calm and sooth irritated skin with its anti-inflammatory properties. The lipophillic properties of Salicylic acid allow it to penetrate clogged pores and provide a deep cleaning while it lowers sebum secretion, which helps reduce future acne breakouts.
Why a Doctor Should Apply Salicylic Acid
To begin with, your doctor should first identify the type of acne you have. Different types of acne respond to different acne treatments. Salicylic acid works best on blackheads and whiteheads, but other acne treatments may be better for cystic acne.
Additionally, over-the-counter products containing salicylic acid don’t typically contain a strong enough concentration to be effective. And, when trying DIY acne treatments it’s also possible to use too much. Do-it-yourselfers, especially or people with sensitive skin, can experience redness, extremely dry and peeling, or irritated skin as a result of salicylic acid overuse.
In fact, it’s actually possible for a person to poison themselves if they apply too much salicylic over large areas of their body. That is why it is important visit the medical professionals at AMAE Med Spa in Troy, MI. Dr. Ali will evaluate each patient based on their unique type of acne, as well as any other medical conditions, before recommending the best acne treatment.
Acne Treatments at Our Troy, MI area Med Spa
We offer the ZO Acne Intervention Facial, containing special clinical-grade salicylic acid formulations that treat acne without irritating skin. Medical grade acne medication is applied to kill the pimple-causing bacteria, and extractions are done by our skilled aesthetician or nurse as needed.
We also offer DermalInfusion that uses high pressure water jets to ensure that the salicylic acid and other acne-fighting ingredients penetrate the skin more deeply.
And for conditions in which salicylic acid is not appropriate we also offer the Nordlys Ellipse IPL laser acne treatments at our Troy, MI area Med Spa. This state-of-the-art device eradicates acne, by using a combination of fractional and infrared lasers in one device.
Best Acne Treatments in the Troy, MI Area
Troy, MI area board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali offers the latest, state-of-the-art technologies in acne treatments for teens and adults.
Each acne treatment begins with a professional skin consultation. Treatments are selected and optimized to meet the specific needs of each teenager or adult, with the most innovative and comprehensive acne products and technologies on the market.
Schedule an Acne Treatment at our Troy, MI area MedSpa: 248.335.7200