Home :: Glycolic Acid and Salicylic Acid Peels: A Comparison
Applications and Properties
 Glycolic AcidSalicylic Acid
SolubilityWaterOil
pH0.6 - 1.22.12.35
Contact IntensityHighLowMedium-High
Penetration DepthDermisEpidermis
Application Time2 - 5 min8 - 12 min (4 - 8 min, sensitive skin)60 - 90 sec (20 - 60 sec, sensitive skin)
Neutralization AgentSodium BicarbonateWaterWater
Risk of IrritationLow-ModerateLow
Best forSkin cell regeneration, anti-aging treatments (wrinkles, age spots, sun spots), acne scarring, dead skin buildupClogged pores (blackheads, whiteheads), infected pores (papules, pustules, nodules, cysts), enlarged pores, dead skin buildup
Good forEnlarged pores, various keratosesacne scarring, ingrown hairs





Choosing the Appropriate Chemical Treatment for Acne Scarring
Target Area Above the Neckline Below the Neckline
Rate of Infection Sustained In Regression Sustained In Regression
Scarring <1mm Deep >1mm Deep <1mm Deep >1mm Deep <1mm Deep >1mm Deep <1mm Deep >1mm Deep
Level I Salicylic Acid 8 Salicylic Acid 15 Glycolic Acid 30 Glycolic Acid 30
Unbuffered
Salicylic Acid 15 Salicylic Acid 25 Glycolic Acid 40 Glycolic Acid 30
Unbuffered
Level II Salicylic Acid 15 Salicylic Acid 25 Glycolic Acid 40 Glycolic Acid 40
Unbuffered
Salicylic Acid 25 Salicylic Acid 35 Glycolic Acid 50 Glycolic Acid 40
Unbuffered
Level III Salicylic Acid 25 Salicylic Acid 35 Glycolic Acid 50 Glycolic Acid 50
Unbuffered
Salicylic Acid 35 Glycolic Acid 50
Unbuffered
Glycolic Acid 60 Glycolic Acid 50
Unbuffered
Level IV Salicylic Acid 35 Glycolic Acid 50
Unbuffered
Glycolic Acid 60 Glycolic Acid 70
Unbuffered
Glycolic Acid 50
Unbuffered
Glycolic Acid 70
Unbuffered
Glycolic Acid 30
Unbuffered
Glycolic Acid 70
Unbuffered
 
 
 
 
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