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Unquestionably one of the most treatable skin complaints 

Medically reviewed by The Harley Medical Group Clinical Governance Board, Chaired by Simon Smith (Medical Director & Consultant Surgeon) on 6th March 2020.

Acne, the most common skin complaint, is an extremely familiar problem within the UK. A combination of stressful lifestyles, pore clogging pollution and counter-productive skincare products has left a significant number of the population suffering with adult acne issues. It's a common complaint and leads many people visiting our clinics for a cure. Unfortunately acne is not curable, however it is highly treatable and manageable and we have some of the best acne skin peels available. 

The Salicylic Acid peel is one of the most effective peel treatments available for moderate acne with excellent results including:

  • Deeply cleanses the skin and folicles of dirt, debris and oil
  • Reduces breakouts and clogged pores
  • Effectively reduces inflammation

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Acne Solution Salicylic Acid Peel

OUR Salicylic Acid Peel

The Acne Solution Salicylic Acid Peel was clinically designed to comprehensively manage mild to severe acne by:

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  • Containing physician level Salicylic Acid to penetrate and decongest follicles
  • Actively reducing redness and inflammation
  • Preventing future breakouts
  • Targeting blemish causing bacteria
  • Continuing to address acne concerns even after its application 
  • Using 30% Salicylic Acid

    The Salicylic Acid Peel is ideal for treating acne grades two and three: 

  • Grade two: Larger number of Blackheads & Whiteheads Papules & Pustules with slight inflammation
  • Grade three: Larger number of Blackheads & Whiteheads More profuse reddening and a greater number of inflamed Papules and Pustules


During your treatment

Before your first treatment you will have a consultation with one of our highly qualified team, who will take you through the process in detail.

You may be asked to prepare your skin with specialist products to get optimum results. 

  • Your practitioner will start by cleansing your skin twice. The first cleanse will remove any dirt or make-up sitting on the skin, the second is designed to reduce pustules and papules.
  • Next the Salicylic Prep Solution is applied to the face
  • A balm is then applied to protect the skin
  • The Salicylic Acid Peel is then applied up to three times depending on comfort level and necessity
  • Retinol is then applied to the skin
  • Finally our SheerZinc SPF30 is applied to protect the skin from the elements for the rest of the day.

We strongly recommend that make-up is not applied for 24 hours, unless it is mineral based. 

The process may vary slightly between client's depending on individual needs for optimum results. 


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The Benefits

Benefits of OUR Acne Solution Salicylic acid Peel

  • Deeply exfoliating, penetrates right down into the follicle
  • Controls inflamed pustules and redness associated with blemishes
  • Acts as an effective anti-inflammatory, boosting the skin's response to sensitising factors
  • Increases the skin's ability to retain moisture


salicylic acid | Harley Medical GroupThe Salicylic Peel has numerous performance ingredients including:

  • Salicylic Acid - a BA (Beta Hydroxy) Acid which helps to combat oily skin and acts as an anti-inflammatory
  • Skinasensyl - a peptide that actively reduces discomfort of the skin
  • Lilac Plant Stem Cells - the strong anti-inflammatory properties protecting skin cells from external damage while reducing redness and blemishes


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Salicylic Acid Peel Prices

As with all acne treatments, you will see results after one peel but we highly recommend undertaking a full course to get the best results. 

Single treatment£125
Course of 3 treatments£318.75
Course of 6 treatments£562.50

We also recommend using our Acne skincare range to ensure you get the best results.

Please ask your practitioner to develop a bespoke skincare package tailored to your specific needs which may include some of the following products:Dermaclear | The Harley Medical Group

  • Dermaclear Cleanser - calms and soothes irritated skin
  • Dermaclear BHA cleanser - actively reduces pustules and papules
  • Dermaclear Pads - used in localised congested areas to clear pores
  • Dermaclear Serum - a strong, gentle serum that adds moisture to the skin
  • Dermaclear Spot Treatment - calms and dries out irritated areas suffering from a breakout
  • Dermaclear Mask - a clay mask that cleans more and relieves congestion


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Salicylic acid Peel Aftercare

As you know the skin is a very complex organ and will respond in different ways with different people, it really depends on the client’s background regarding medication, skincare products, Fitzpatrick etc.

When the skin is introduced to active ingredients for the first time it can on some occasions become over stimulated to quickly causing the skin to respond by creating a dermal clear out, slight tenderness, an erythema, slight flacking due to the cell renew process becoming faster, these are not bad reactions, they are normal skin reactions a client with an unbalanced, dehydrated skin may experience. 


  • Directly after your Salicylic Acid peel you may experience some redness, this will fade within 24 hours
  • Three to six days following your peel you can expect some skin flaking, please do not exfoliate this as your skin will be sensitive.
  • As with all acne treatments you may experience a breakout following the peel, this is the pores being naturally cleansed and will lessen after each treatment. 
  • Total recovery time, including peels and breakout could be seven to ten days. 

Your practitioner will advise you of your complete aftercare programme. 

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Acne Solutions Homecare

To ensure you get optimum results we highly recommend a good daily homecare routine. Your practitioner will a design bespoke skincare package tailored to your specific needs which may include some of the following products:


Dermaclear Cleanser

Specially formulated with Mandelic Acid, this cleanser is ideal for all stages of acne, yet is particularly beneficial for breakouts.


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Clear and control breakouts with our signature anti-acne serum without over drying. Prevents future breakouts by reducing dead skin buildup.


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Dermaclear Pads

Our clarifying pads help remove impurities and excess oil from your skin.


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What will I experience during my Salicylic Acid Peel?

During your peel you will experience a warm and tingling sensation. Some of our clients say this feels slightly uncomfortable, due to the heat, but not overtly painful. 

Directly after your Salicylic Acid peel you may experience some redness, flaking skin or a breakout. These are all signs that the peel has been effective, and the greater the reaction the faster you'll get results, so please don't be disheartened.  

I have adult acne, is that common?

Another myth is that only teenagers get acne, nearly everyone has had acne at some point in their life, every spot that appears on the skin is a form of acne, it's just that some people are more prone to acne outbreaks. These outbreaks are very common for both males and females from their 20s to their 40s, we have seen patients outside of this age range, it really is not uncommon. If you have adult acne you are not alone!  

What is the best way to treat my acne?

Firstly we would like to be absolutely clear that acne cannot be cured, it can only be treated. 

All grades of acne will benefit from a course of skin peels, providing you with significantly clearer skin an fewer breakouts. However, as with all treatments continued maintenance is strongly advised. At The Harley Medical Group we have a range of acne skincare products designed to complement your treatments. 

Please ask your practioner to develop a bespoke skincare package tailored to your specific needs which may include some of the following products:. 

Dermaclear Cleanser - calms and soothes irritated skin
Dermaclear BHA cleanser - actively reduces pustules and papules
Dermaclear Pads - used in localised congested areas to clear pores
Dermaclear Serum - a strong, gentle serum that adds moisture to the skin
Dermaclear Spot Treatment - calms and dries out irritated areas suffering from a breakout
Dermaclear Mask - a clay mask that cleans more and relieves congestion

What is acne?

What is acne isn't as simple as it initially appears. When talking about acne there are many interlinked subjects including

  • Types of acne
  • Causes of acne
  • Grades of acne

We cover these topics and more on our Adult Acne page

Why has my acne gotten worse after my treatment?

When you come to speak with one of our skin specialists they will take their time to explain the treatment process and what to expect during your course. One thing they will always tell you is that your acne may get worse before it gets better. This doesn't mean that the treatment isn't right and it's doing more harm than good, in fact a breakout is your body clearing the acne causing debris that is clogging the pores. Think of it as your skin 'spring cleaning', it will look worse before it looks better. You may have breakouts after each treatment, but these will gradually lessen as your skin clears. We know it's disheartening but you must persist for an excellent end result.

If you don't get a breakout that isn't a bad thing either. Breakouts are based on acne type, skin type as well as other factors including hormones and environment. It doesn't mean the treatment isn't working, it's just that your skin is reacting differently.

Whether you experience breakouts or not we highly recommend that you continue with your recommended treatment course to ensure you get the best results.