How Salicylic Acid Helps Skin
What is Salicylic Acid?
Salicylic acid is a mild beta hydroxyl acid, which is often used to tackle problem skin, such as breakouts. It also helps to loosen and shed dead skin cells, keeping your pores free of cellular debris.
The acid is regularly prescribed by doctors for serious outbreaks, although it is readily available in targeted skincare products and treatments. It can have a variety of effects on your skin depending on the dosage used.
Keratolytics can be used to soften keratin, a major part of the skin, thereby softening the skin’s moisture binding capacity and, in turn, benefiting dry skin.
Salicylics are effective for blemishes and breakouts, reducing the swelling and redness of skin, and clearing blocked pores to allow pimples to shrink. Salicylic acid has also proven to be effective for dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis and cradle cap, as well as breakouts.
What Are The Benefits?
Salicylic acid is one of the most crucial ingredients used for clearing breakouts. It’s also been proven to contain renewing properties. These can help firm and plump your skin by stimulating new cell turnover.
How Is It Used?
Pores plugged by dead skin cells trap bacteria and oil left on the skin’s surface. To clear these blemishes, salicylic acid helps prevent dead skin cells from building up. This makes your pores appear smaller and skin look more radiant as a result.
Topical salicylic acid can appear in many forms. Products containing the treatment come as:
These products can be applied several times a day or as irregularly as a few times in a month, depending on the scale and severity of your breakouts. Before application, decide how often you should apply yours, with professional consultation for extreme cases, and maintain a consistent schedule.
If you miss your schedule, either apply it immediately once you remember or wait until your next application time.
How Does It Help Blemishes?
Salicylic acid is derived from the bark of the willow tree. It’s widely used as an active ingredient for mild to moderate blemishes due to its effectiveness on clogged pores - it is also effective at penetrating follicles to clear blockages.
Are There Any Side Effects?
For the majority of people and skin types, there should be no side effects when using salicylic acid. This is due to the amount contained in most skincare products. However, if you do experience any side effects, you should consult your GP.
What Special Precautions Should I Take Before Application?
+ Ensure you’re not allergic to salicylic acid or any other ingredients in your skincare regime. You can find this out through consultation with your doctor and by checking the ingredients on the packaging.
+ Do not mix salicylic acid with other abrasive soap cleaners or skincare products containing alcohol.
+ Consult your doctor on the likelihood of side effects from salicylic acid. Provide your doctor with a comprehensive list of your diet and any other skincare products you use. That way they’ll be able to make a full and thorough assessment of your suitability for salicylic acids.
Proactiv+ Products Containing Salicylic Acid:
To treat blemishes and prevent breakouts, you can find salicylic acid in a wide range of Proactiv+ products, including the Skin Smoothing Exfoliator, Pore Targeting Treatment and Complexion Perfecting Hydrator.