salicylic acid

Ingredient Spotlight: Salicylic Acid

July 15, 2020

Get rid of whiteheads and blackheads with this willow tree acid!

Another widely-recommended acne treatment is salicylic acid. While this isn’t carved in stone, the general consensus among skincare experts is that salicylic acid is for whiteheads and blackheads, while benzoyl peroxide is for anything more severe.

Extracted from the bark of willow trees, salicylic acid is the most common of all beta-hydroxy acids (BHAs), which are oil-soluble compounds. Just like their water-soluble counterparts — alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) — BHAs share the same essential function of exfoliating the skin. The difference is in how well they can penetrate the skin, and choosing between the two is a matter of the skin’s specific needs.

AHAs are great for surface issues like fine lines and uneven skin tone. But for acne, you should go for BHAs like salicylic acid. Here’s why:

It goes deep into your skin

The chemical composition of BHAs are able to seep into the pores much deeper than AHAs. Salicylic acid does this so well that you’re literally getting to the root of the acne problem, which is the clogged pore!

It works best on whiteheads and blackheads   

What salicylic acid does after making its way into your pores is to dissolve the dead skin cells that are stuck there (it is an acid, after all)!

It’s a keratolytic agent

Okay, that’s just the fancy proper medical term for exfoliating agent! Both AHAs and BHAs serve this function. But again, since BHAs go deeper into the pores, the exfoliation is deeper, too. Fun fact: salicylic acid does this so well that it’s used not just for acne, but for other skin problems like warts, corns, and even calluses.

It helps quell inflammation

When the pores are clogged, they swell up and become inflamed — so by the same logic, when they’re unclogged, they won’t swell up and won’t become inflamed. It other words, salicylic acid helps soothe your skin.

As with any anti-acne treatment, proper usage of salicylic acid is essential. Too little won’t work, while too much of it can cause irritation, especially on dry or sensitive skin. Rather than going through a trial-and-error phase, which could do more harm than good (and could get seriously costly, too!), just try SMACNE! Along with salicylic acid, SMACNE contains a slew of other acne-fighting and skin nourishing ingredients — in balanced ratios, of course — to give you great skin. Unlock your free 30-day trial today.

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