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Salicylic Acid: Uses and Benefits

(We’ve put it to the test, and here’s what we found: Salicylic acid works!)

The acne you see on your face every day, the pimple that gets in your way during a big meeting, the zit that makes you cringe — no one likes them! It's a fact.

Acne is one of the most common skin disorders, with more than 50 million Americans affected annually.

However, not all acne treatments are created equally. Some work better than others, and some can even cause damage to our skin. That’s why finding the right treatment can often be a time-consuming process

But, we've got great news! There is one ingredient that can make all the difference in your acne-fighting routine: salicylic acid.

Salicylic Acid formula Dermatologist's Choice

Salicylic Acid Defined

Salicylic acid is the superstar of OTC acne treatments in the USA and other parts of the world. It’s a versatile ingredient as it can help prevent, treat, and reduce the appearance of blemishes on your skin caused by pimples and mild acne (blackheads and whiteheads).

This beta-hydroxy acid (BHA) is derived from the bark of a Willow tree. It functions primarily as an exfoliant to remove dead skin cells. These particles are small enough to penetrate deep into the skin, where they aid in the process of acne and blackhead reduction by loosening massive areas of clogged pores on the skin's surface.

What are the pros and cons of using it?

The Pros

As mentioned above, salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid that helps prevent and treat pimples. Aside from these wonderful benefits, it can also help:

  • reduce the appearance of blackheads
  • reduce hyperpigmentation
  • control oily skin

Other than the benefits of using it, keep in mind that there are drawbacks. Excessive use of salicylic acid may harm your skin, including the following:

  • Dry skin
  • Redness
  • Inflammation

If you experience these irritations or experience an allergic reaction, contact your dermatologist right away.

Before and After Salicylic Acid

When can I use Salicylic Acid?

The answer to that… it depends on your experience with the product and your skin’s ability to tolerate salicylic acid. Yet, some skincare products are specially designed to be used weekly. A good example is Glycolic Peel Cleansing Pads with Salicylic Acid.

Here’s what you need to know about using this product.

Glycolic Peel Cleansing Pads are a daily or occasional refining treatment that helps smooth wrinkles, level hyperpigmentation, clear pores, and fight obstinate acne.

They are the perfect solution for combination and normal skin types. They can effectively remove dead skin cells to reveal a brighter, smoother, and clearer complexion in less time.

So if you have dry or combo skin, it is best to apply Glycolic Peel Cleansing Pads 1-3 times a week in the evening.

Below are the three easy steps to use them:

  1. Cleanse with pH Balanced Cleanser.
  2. Moisturize with Facial Enhancement Cream and sunscreen in the morning.
  3. Apply Pre-Bath Oil to full body and face for additional hydration. 

The Bottomline

Although there’s no complete cure for acne, salicylic acid can be a helpful part of an acne treatment regimen. Talk with a dermatologist to see if salicylic acid is right for you.
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