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Salicylic Acid: One Stop Shop For Skin Care

Salicylic Acid: One Stop Shop For Skin Care

Salicylic acid is  one of the best exfoliators known to skincare. The potent ingredient is well-known for its ability to reduce acne, blackheads and whiteheads by keeping pores clear by reducing and preventing blockage.

Salicylic acid is actually a natural plant hormone derived from willow tree bark. It is a beta hydroxy acid (BHA) which means the hydroxy part of the molecule is separated from the acid part by carbon atoms.

How does it work?

You may see acne on the surface of the skin, but it actually forms deep beneath this outer layer.  As salicylic acid is oil soluble it can penetrate the skin at a deep level, really getting into the pores, which is why it is so effective.

When acne is present, skin cells do not behave as they usually do, instead of sloughing off through a healthy skin renewal process, the cells start to stick together, clogging pores, which in turn creates blackheads and whiteheads.

By penetrating deep into the skin, salicylic acid can loosen and break the cells apart, dissolving the skin debris that clogs pores. At the same time it exfoliates the surface of the skin to lift away the dirt and dead skin cells before they get the chance to block pores. It is this ability to deeply exfoliate on both levels that makes it stand out among other skincare ingredients.

Great all round ingredient

We know that salicylic acid is a great exfoliator, but it has a number of other benefits too, it reduces oily skin, treats inflamed pimples or pustules thanks to its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, reduces the PH level of skin, increases hydration and treats the thickening of skin which can appear scaly. It really is a one-stop shop for all your skincare needs, especially as it is suitable for use on all skin types.

Summary

What is salicylic acid:

Salicylic acid is a natural plant hormone derived from willow tree bark

What does it do:

  • Exfoliates
  • Prevents and reduces acne
  • Acts as an anti-inflammatory
  • Increases hydration
  • Reduces thickening of skin

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