Acne Peel

Acne Peel is an excellent option if you are looking to quickly transform, revive and rejuvenate your skin.


An acne peel can work wonders for your acne, blackheads, whiteheads, and other skin blemishes. Chemical peeling for acne is a dermatologist-approved treatment. This type of peel exfoliates the stratum corneum – the outermost layer of the skin made of dead cells (corneocytes) and keratin. The regenerated skin will have noticeable improvements such as smoother texture, smaller pores, and significantly reduced blemishes.

24 hours
Treatment Time
45 Mins
Anaesthetic Required

What type of peel is best for acne?

Peeling is a therapeutic procedure for acne. The best peel for acne must contain an active ingredient that can penetrate pores. Acne prone skin is typically oily so it traps dead skin cells and dirt, triggering inflammation and acne. Not all acids can pass through sebum-filled pores, such agents may not be effective for treating acne. Salicylic acid has high penetration efficiency compared to other skin peel agents.

Does acne peel hurt?

Dermagical’s acne peel is a superficial peel or a gentle form of skin peel. The procedure is not painful or uncomfortable. You may feel slight stinging or tenderness that dissipates within a few minutes.

Does acne peel aggravates acne?

Salicylic acid peel does not aggravate acne. Due to increase skin turnover, purging may occur but this is uncommon in BHA peels. Some people who are allergic to salicylates may experience pimple-like bumps or rash. If you are allergic to salicylic acid or aspirin, this treatment is not for you.

Initial consultation

Typically you will be given some products to use before your skin peel. This is to prepare your skin for the active ingredients in the peel, as well as ensuring its optimal results follow through.

Treatment details

Using a cotton-tipped applicator, salicylic acid is applied to your skin, starting from the forehead, cheeks, chin, nose, and lower eyelids. Concentrations between 20-30% are effective for superficial peeling of face. About 0.5% to 10% are used in acne products. You may experience a burning sensation within 3 minutes, which quickly dissipates as the chemical agent evaporates.

Side effects and contraindications

The common side effects after an acne peel are minor and self-limiting. These include temporary swelling, redness, dryness, and hyperpigmentation. If you experience severe symptoms that do not resolve after a week, call your therapist immediately.


Regular acne peels can remove skin blemishes and superficial acne scars. Patients report skin tightness and smoothness right after the peel. You will experience peeling or crusting on the second day that could last up to a week. Post-peel care is very important in the success of this treatment. Follow your doctor’s instructions religiously. Avoid strenuous exercises while your skin is peeling. Avoid excessive sun exposure and always hydrate your skin.

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The main ingredient of our acne peel is salicylic acid, a form of beta hydroxy acid (BHA) that is commonly derived from plant extracts such as willow bark and sweet birch. It is an FDA-approved chemical solution for exfoliation and keratolysis as it dissolves keratin and effectively sloughs off the surface layer of the skin. Salicylic acid also has a comedolytic property, which means it prevents the formation of comedones. 

Keratin, a type of protein usually found in dead skin cells combine with oil and clog the pores, resulting in inflamed bumps. Because salicylic acid dissolves keratin and peels off the layer of the skin that contains dead cells, it unclog pores and prevent future breakouts.