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Can salicylic acid help with a depressed facial scar?

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Dr. Frederick Coville
Surgery - Plastics
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In brief: Probably not

Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid, unlike some of the more common Alpha hydroxy acids used in skin rejuvenation.
As such, it is an excellent exfoliator and one that penetrates oil very well. It is great in the treatment of acne. As a peeling agent it falls short. In a depressed scar, exfoliation will not help much. Releasing the scar, restoring volume or even excising the scar are better.

In brief: Probably not

Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid, unlike some of the more common Alpha hydroxy acids used in skin rejuvenation.
As such, it is an excellent exfoliator and one that penetrates oil very well. It is great in the treatment of acne. As a peeling agent it falls short. In a depressed scar, exfoliation will not help much. Releasing the scar, restoring volume or even excising the scar are better.
Dr. Frederick Coville
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Dr. Robert Alexander
Surgery - Plastics
3 doctors agree

In brief: No

Salicylic acid is a mild superficial chemical peeling agent which will do little for the depression or the scar. Best used for mild peels to rid dead cells from the outside portion of the epidermis only.
Often helpful in cases where active acne is present. Depressed scarring is better managed by deep mechanical dermabrasion or occasionally removal of the site and suturing closed.

In brief: No

Salicylic acid is a mild superficial chemical peeling agent which will do little for the depression or the scar. Best used for mild peels to rid dead cells from the outside portion of the epidermis only.
Often helpful in cases where active acne is present. Depressed scarring is better managed by deep mechanical dermabrasion or occasionally removal of the site and suturing closed.
Dr. Robert Alexander
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