Dr. Prasad is a frequent contributor to RealSelf.com, a forum for cosmetic medicine Q & A’s.

Q: Best Chemical Peel for Oily Skin?
Is salicylic acid better at cutting through oily skin than glycolic acid? Also, how does salycylic acid at 15% compare to glycolic acid at 30%? Will it be a lot stronger or is this still a mild peel?

 A: Chemical Peels to Treat Oily Skin
The purpose of chemical peels is to address skin problems such as discoloration, acne wrinkles and scars (such as acne scars). Prior to a peel, all oily secretions are cleaned off so the peel is able to treat the skin without a barrier. Chemical peels are generally classified as “superficial”, “medium depth” or “deep”. Both the peels you describe fall into the “superficial” category and the choice of peel depends on the objective of the treatment.

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