Effect of 30% salicylic acid peels in mild to moderate acne vulgaris: a hospital-based nonrandomised clinical study

Bava Aneesh, Joy Bifi, Anoop Thyvalappil, Sridharan Rajiv, Sreenivasan Ajayakumar, mathew pretty


Objective To study the effect of 30% salicylic acid peels in mild to moderate acne.


Methods  The study was conducted on patients visiting the dermatology outpatient department of a tertiary health care centre in South India. In 50 cases of mild to moderate acne vulgaris, 30%  salicylic acid was applied in a predetermined manner for 5 minutes. Patients were reviewed once in two weeks up to 6 weeks with 3 sessions of peeling. Percentage reduction in acne severity index and total lesion count were noted to grade the effect of salicylic acid peel. Data collected was tabulated in a Microsoft Excel worksheet and a computer based analysis of the data was performed using SPSS software paired t test.


Results By the end of 6 weeks, excellent improvement in  acne severity index was noted in 60% of cases and very good improvement in 30%. By the end of 6 weeks, excellent improvement in  total lesion count was noted in 60% and very good improvement in 34%.


Conclusion Our study showed excellent to good improvement in most of patients. Our study showed that 30% salicylic acid peels can be considered as an important adjuvant therapy in mild to moderate acne with faster clinical response.


Acne vulgaris, chemical peel, salicylic acid

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