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What Is Salicylic Acid?

Salicylic acid is a type of beta hydroxy acid (BHA) that is commonly used in skincare for its exfoliating and anti-inflammatory properties. It is derived from salicin, a natural compound found in willow bark and other plants.

What Does Salicylic Acid Do for Skin?

Salicylic acid is a key ingredient in many skin care and acne-fighting products. It can penetrate the oil and sebum in the pores, helping to break down and dissolve the build-up of dead skin cells, debris, and bacteria that contribute to skin blemishes or acne. This leads to reduced breakouts and clearer skin. 

Salicylic acid has keratolytic properties, meaning it is great for exfoliating dead skin cells. Regular use of salicylic acid can help improve skin texture, reduce roughness, and leave the skin looking smoother, clearer and more radiant. 

Salicylic acid is effective at unclogging pores and can help with managing blackheads and whiteheads, and can soothe and calm irritated skin, making it suitable for individuals with acne-prone or sensitive skin.

FAQs

  • How To Use Salicylic Acid?

    Salicylic acid is available in various skincare products, including cleansers, toners, serums, spot treatments, and peels. Apply the salicylic acid product according to the instructions on the packaging. It is typically applied directly to clean, dry skin. 

    If you're using a spot treatment, apply it only to the affected areas rather than your entire face. If you're using a serum or toner, apply it evenly to your face, avoiding the eye area. 

    Give the salicylic acid product a few minutes to absorb into your skin before applying any other products. This allows the acid to work effectively. After the salicylic acid product has absorbed, apply a moisturiser to help lock in hydration and prevent excessive dryness or irritation.

  • Is Salicylic Acid A BHA?

    Yes, salicylic acid is a type of beta hydroxy acid (BHA). BHAs are a class of organic compounds that are used in skincare for their exfoliating and skin penetrating properties. 

    Salicylic acid is one of the most commonly used BHAs in skincare products. BHAs, including salicylic acid, are lipophilic, which means they are oil-soluble and can penetrate the oil and sebum in the pores. 

    This property makes them particularly effective at exfoliating within the pores, where they can help dissolve and remove excess oil, dead skin cells, and debris. This process can lead to clearer skin and a reduction in skin blemishes, blackheads, and whiteheads.

  • When To Use Salicylic Acid?

    The frequency of salicylic acid use depends on your skin's tolerance and the product's concentration. You may start with using it every other day or a few times a week and gradually increase as needed. 

    Pay attention to how your skin responds, and if you experience excessive dryness or irritation, reduce the frequency or concentration of salicylic acid.

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