Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Salicylic Acid: What it does, What it is

Salicylic acid is one of the most commonly used active ingredient in acne products, but why? What is it? What good does it even do? If you are asking yourself those questions, then you have come to the right place. First of all, Salicylic acid isn't just used in acne care products, its also used to treat plantar warts! This works by helping the wart gradually peel away. Salicylic acid is a keratolytic, which means it is a peeling agent. It causes shedding of the outer layer of skin. This acid isn't just used for peeling, because it has some of the same ingredients as aspirin, it is also very anti-inflammatory (that's another reason why its great for acne!) Salicylic acid is great to use in every day skincare products if it falls between 0.5 and 2 percent. Some other drugs in the same class as Salicylic acid are Aspirin, Benzoic acid, Benzoyl peroxide, Ibuprofen, Salsalate, Diclofenac and a few more. Salacylic acid is actually from willow tree bark! Salacylic acid is a wonderful chemical exfoliant, so there isn't really a need to use a physical exfoliant at the same time (although you can if you want). As you can see Salicylic acid is very helpful in the treatment of acne (for most people) and a great ingredient to have listed in your skincare if you want healthy glowing skin.

Some of my favorite skincare products containing Salicylic acid

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