Is this common practice among dermatologists and plastic surgeons who perform peels? And does it produce good results? Also, from what I've read, salicylic acid seems to be the safest on darker skin tones so is this something that can be peformed safely?
Can a 20% Salicylic Acid Peel Be Mixed with Hydroquinone to Increase the Lightening Effect on Olive Skin?
Doctor Answers 2
Salacylic Peel Should Not be Used to Increase Lightening on Olive Skin
Salicylic Acid peels produce great results when used appropriately. It is a wonderful treatment for regulating the sabacious (oil) gland, deep cleansing the skin, and controlling bacteria. It also has an anti-inflammatory effect, great for acne, when used in the proper percentages and doses.
I would not recommend salicylic alone or specific for lightening or to even skin tone. A Jessner peel would be better. I would also not recommend mixing with Hydroquinon, although using hydroquinone as a serum in your home care skin routine reaps great results in lightening and brightening the skin and reducing the appearance of hyperpigmentation.
These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.