Salicylic acid peels for the treatment of photoaging

Dermatol Surg. 1998 Mar;24(3):325-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1524-4725.1998.tb04162.x.


Several chemical agents are currently used to perform superficial chemical peels of the face. These include trichloracetic acid (15-30%), alpha-hydroxy acids (e.g., glycolic acid, 40-70%), and Jessner's solution (14% lactic acid, 14% resorcinol, and 14% salicylic acid). We have developed salicylic acid, a beta-hydroxy acid, at a higher strength (30% in a hydro-ethanolic vehicle) as an alternative peel. This peel has distinct advantages for resurfacing moderately photodamaged facial skin. We have peeled patients singly and multiply at 4-week intervals. The benefits are fading of pigment spots, decreased surface roughness, and reduction of fine lines.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Chemexfoliation*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Salicylates / therapeutic use*
  • Salicylic Acid
  • Skin Aging*


  • Salicylates
  • Salicylic Acid