Get to Know Salicylic Acid
Salicylic acid isn't a new term in the beauty and skincare world. It was actually first prepared in the late 1930s and was used for various activities, including treating fevers and serving as a painkiller. It can either be derived from willow bark or produced synthetically and is known for being an active ingredient most commonly used for treating various forms of acne.
Let's discover what salicylic acid is and what it can do for your skin.
What is Salicylic Acid?
Salicylic acid is classified as a beta hydroxy acid. It's well-known for reducing acne by naturally exfoliating the skin and keeping pores free. It's a powerful skin exfoliator that sinks deep into your skin to tackle whatever issues it may be having right from the source. Salicylic acid can be found in a range of over-the-counter products, and there are plenty of prescription-strength formulations available. Salicylic acid is most effective for moderate acne (blackheads and whiteheads) and is often used in skincare products to prevent breakouts.
Benefits of Salicylic Acid
Salicylic acid works by penetrating deeply into the skin and dissolving dead skin cells that may be clogging your pores. Although effective, it could take a few weeks to start seeing the full effect. Here are three more main benefits of salicylic acid for your skin:
- Acne and oily skin: Salicylic acid penetrates the tiny pores on your skin and dissolves excess sebum, dead skin cells, and debris that may be clogging the pores. This makes it an excellent ingredient for regulating oil production on oily skin and reducing inflammation and redness.
- Exfoliation: Salicylic acid breaks down keratin in the skin and contributes to removing dead skin cells via this exfoliation mechanism. This leaves your skin looking newer, healthier, and rejuvenated.
- Whiteheads and blackheads form when excess oil mixes with dead skin cells and clogs pores. Salicylic acid goes deep into the skin to dissolve those plugs that clog up the pores.
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