Does Salicylic Acid Help to Brighten Skin Tone?

I have good skin texture, it's pretty smooth. Since I have hormonal acne, I go in stages where my skin is beautiful but then I get 2-3 pimples that leaves dark spots and it takes a few months before they go away. I have Black skin and currently use Retin A and a Benzoyl Peroxide cleaner and Lactic peels or Glycolic peels on occasion. I was thinking of replacing the Glycolic peel with Salicylic acid to prevent acne and brighten skin tone and getting rid of dark spots.

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Salicylic Acid and Skin Tone

Salicylic Acid is great for helping manage breakouts.  There are many chemical peels that are blends of acids, which may be beneficial for your skin.  If you are experiencing regular breakouts, but only getting treatments on occasion, you may want to consider getting on a routine treatment plan. The less breakouts that occur, the less post inflammatory hyperpigmentation you will see.   This can help get you on the path to maintenance and prevention, instead of focusing on correction.  

Phoenix Plastic Surgeon
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Worth a try

Salicylic acid is extremely effective in treating acne because it penetrates and dissolves damaged cell components so that new, fresh cells can be produced. It is also an anti-inflammatory that reduces redness and hyperpigmentation. It's certainly worth a try pending consultation with a medical aesthetician.

Jerome Edelstein, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Salicylic acid facial peels

I find a salicylic acid /TCA peel to be useful for oily skin and acne prone skin to improve texture and oiliness.  This is a common peel in my Los Angeles plastic surgery practice. 

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Salicylic Brightens Skin Tone

Salicylic acid is used to control acne breakouts and to diminish excess sebum.  It exfoliates excess cells in the pores, penetrating the pores and working outward.  It will help to stimulate cell renewal and improve signs of aging skin.  Overtime this will cause an overall more even, healthier tone to the skin.  I would discontinue your Rein A and Benzoyl Peroxide if you decide to move forward with salicylic acid peel treatment.

Jeffrey W. Hall, MD
Austin Plastic Surgeon
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Salicylic acid peels to brighten skin

Salicylic acid peels can be an excellent choice for acne and brown blemishes associated with acne. Salicylic acid is supposed to be more attracted to the oily hair follicles (pores) where acne starts v. glycolic acid. Salicylic acid peels are particularly helpful in treating uneven skin tone and as considered to be one of the safer chemical peels on brown skin. Dina Strachan, MD. NYC dermatologist. 212-627-1004

Dina D. Strachan, MD
New York Dermatologist
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