Salicylic acid

Salicylic acid

Best used: AM or PMCaution: Sensitive skinBest for: Acne, sunspots, flaky skin
Comments: Can be used as a wash, gel, cream, spot treatmentMode of action: Chemical exfoliant, anti-inflammatoryScience Score:


What is the skin science behind salicylic acid?

This skincare acid helps in the removal of the outer layer of the skin in addition to reducing inflammation. Salicylic acid is classed as a Beta Hydroxy Acid. This is the most commonly prescribed acid for the treatment of acne, blackheads, zits & other skin conditions.

What does salicylic acid do for the skin?

On the skin, salicylic acid helps to correct the abnormal shedding of cells & reduces inflammation.

Is salicylic acid good for acne?

This is the go-to skin acid for the treatment of acne. Salicylic acid helps pimples by dissolving the type of skin debris that clogs pores (keratin plugs) that causes acne. Salicylic acid can also reduce oil production & exert an anti-inflammatory effect on the skin. 

What skin conditions can be treated with salicylic acid?

The most frequent use of this acid is the treatment of comedonal acne, namely blackheads, whiteheads, zits & pimples. Salicylic acid works as a chemical exfoliant & in low concentrations exerts an anti-inflammatory effect, reducing redness.

Other uses of salicylic acid include-

Davin’s Pro Tip on the use of Salicylic Acid

One of the best ways to treat breakouts & blackheads. Salicylic acid is super flexible, in low concentrations it can be used as a wash, in a higher solution it is a great exfoliation agent for the treatment of stubborn blackheads. 

A sensible skin care routine for acne prone, congested or oily skin would be to incorporate this acid as a daily or alternate day wash. Caution in sensitive skin &/ or mixing with potentially irritating ingredients such as AHA (lactic, glycolic), ascorbic acid, or retinoic acids. As always, test spot and titrate. 

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