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Hello- I'm 29 and have had adult acne since I gave birth to my daughter 3 years ago. I am finding that salicylic acid (in over the counter products) is working better than all of the preceriptions that my dermatologist has given me to try. I've been using a wash with 2% and an overnight get with 5%. I am prone to fever blisters/cold sores on my lips AND chin - so I have to stay away from glycolic and lactic acids. I haven't had any problmes (so far) with the salicylic acid. Have you heard of the salicylic acid being safe for those who suffer from facial herpes outbreaks? Also, would the 8% mask be a good match for me? I'd like to get rid of the hyperpigmentation spots I have from old acne, as well as keep my skin as clear as possible. How is the mask used/applied? How often? Thank you for your advice. Jennifer

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While salicylic acid is highly effective in the treatment of acne and as a keratolytic agent to exfoliate damaged surface layers of skin (lifting acne spotting and scarring), it is not recommended for use on skin prone to cold sores, blisters, or other herpes-related outbreaks. It can cause as much damage as glycolic or lactic acid, unfortunately.

 

If you are planning on using our peels on skin free of cold sores, blisters, etc., then Salicylic Acid 8 would be the best starting strength. The second table found at http://www.kaviskin.com/info/aha-bha.html will help guide you through the acids and strengths that we recommend for the different stages of acne.

 

Instructions on the use of salicylic acid may be found at http://www.kaviskin.com/info/salicylic-acid.html.

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