What is Salicylic Acid?
Are you troubled by acne that simply won’t go away? Do you struggle to minimize large oily pores and distressed skin? Salicylic acid is an active ingredient that comes highly recommended by dermatologists as a treatment for breakouts and other skin concerns. This acid is a beta-hydroxy acid (BHA) that aids the skin’s natural shedding process by exfoliating away dead skin. Many exfoliants require a scrubbing motion which tends to be harsh on the skin which can break its’ natural barrier. However, salicylic acid is a gentle, non-aggravating ingredient that restores the balance of the skin.
How Does it Work?
It is important to remember that oil and water do not mix! In comparison to water-soluble alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), salicylic acid is oil-soluble. Although many people who have oily skin fear oil, using an oil-based ingredient works to penetrate the skin and thin surface oil to flow freely on the surface of the skin. The oil build-up is often the result of dry skin that works to regenerate oil levels. Therefore, if you have breakout-prone or oily skin, it is recommended that you use oil-soluble ingredients that are found in this product.
Who Shouldn’t Use It?
It is important to note that this acid should not be used on broken or infected skin with open wounds. So, apply minimally and with caution. Specifically, if you are using products with retinol, benzoyl peroxide, or other acid-containing products that exfoliate the skin.
Benefits of Salicylic Acid
Salicylic acid improves the appearance of your skin by penetrating the skin to loosen old, dead skin and reveal brighter newer skin. It also digs deep into the pores to unclog them from dirt and debris. This makes it a potent ingredient for removing bacteria and targeting acne found in blackheads or whiteheads.
So, if you are struggling with stubborn acne and oily skin which won’t away, salicylic acid might be your ticket to a clear, vibrant complexion and healthy skin.
Written by: Rachel Alter