Salicylic Acid

Salicylic Acid

Type of Ingredient:

  • Exfoliant
  • Anti-Inflammatory

Benefits of Salicylic Acid:

  • Anti-Acne
  • Anti-Blemish
  • Reduce Sebum
  • Minimize Pores

Best For:

  • Oily Skin
  • Normal Skin
  • Combination Skin

What is Salicylic Acid?

  • Salicylic Acid is a Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA). This means the hydroxy part of the molecule is separated from the Acid part by two carbon atoms, as opposed to an alpha hydroxy Acid where they're separated by one carbon atom.
  • This structure is important because it makes salicylic Acid more oil-soluble so it can penetrate into the pores of the skin.
  • Once it has penetrated the skin, the Acid part of the molecule can dissolve some of the intracellular 'glue' that holds skin cells together that clogs pores, acts as an anti-inflammatory, and also helps red, inflamed pimples and pustules go away faster.
There are three factors that contribute to acne: an abnormal sloughing off of skin cells, excessive oiliness, and the action of P. acnes bacteria. Salicylic Acid helps with the first cause by dissolving the type of skin debris that clogs pores and causes acne, Therefore, salicylic Acid is ideal for treating blackheads and whiteheads.
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