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What is salicylic acid and why is it great for blemishes?

What is salicylic acid and why is it great for blemishes?

When it comes to dealing with problem-prone, acneic skin, dermatologists and skincare experts agree that Salicylic Acid is the one essential that you need in your skincare routine.

Widely recognised as one of the best blemish fighting ingredients, Salicylic Acid works to reduce the appearance of breakouts and enhance the clarity of your complexion whilst soothing your skin. A genuine must-have for those suffering from difficult, aggravated skin.

What is Salicylic Acid?

Salicylic Acid is a Beta Hydroxyl Aid (BHA) that works to exfoliate the skin below the surface for a deeper, more effective cleanse. Put simply, Salicylic Acid exfoliates the inside walls of the pores by penetrating deep into the pore lining. Although exfoliating the surface of the skin can reduce the appearance of problem skin temporarily, the deep exfoliation offered by Salicylic Acid helps to promote prolonged skin clarity.

Where AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids), like Glycolic and Lactic Acid, are water soluble and exfoliate the skin’s surface, BHAs are oil soluble meaning they can penetrate deep under the surface of the skin, dissolving blackheads and clearing clogged pores.

As well as working to exfoliate and clear skin, Salicylic Acid also reduces sebum secretion to enhance the clarity of your complexion. By lifting sebum and buffing away dead skin cells, the acid works to improve the appearance of your skin.

Unlike many acne-fighting ingredients, Salicylic Acid does not irritate the skin but soothes it, calming inflamed acne. The acid also has some effectiveness against cystic acne due to its antibacterial properties making it the perfect ingredient for troublesome skin.

Which products contain Salicylic Acid?

Salicylic Acid is a key ingredient in many acne-fighting products. Featuring in many cleansers, exfoliators and targeted treatments, it can easily be incorporated into your routine. The way in which you choose to apply Salicylic Acid to your skin should depend on your skin type.

For those who suffer with acne and get blemishes and breakouts all over the skin, treatments and products designed to be applied over the whole complexion are ideal. The First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Blemish Patrol Pads are perfect for those hoping to reduce the appearance of acne all over the skin. The combination of BHAs and Tea Tree Oil works to exfoliate and clear the skin without causing irritation. Skin is left cleansed and soothed.

Similarly, the Paula’s Choice Clear Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution is designed to treat problem skin and soothe irritated complexions. For oily, congested skin types, the Paula’s Choice Clear Extra Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution with 2% Salicylic Acid is perfect for deep exfoliation and sebum reduction.

For those with more sensitive skin types who still suffer with acneic breakouts, the Paula’s Choice Clear Regular Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution with 2% Salicylic Acid can help to improve the skin’s appearance.

For extremely delicate, sensitive skin types, it is advisable to build up Salicylic Acid usage gradually. By using a small amount at first and slightly increasing usage over time, your skin will build up a tolerance to the acid allowing for its transformative effect without any irritation.

If you have relatively clear skin but want to combat spots and localised breakouts as they appear, targeted treatements which include Salicylic Acid are the best option. Rather than using acne-fighting products all over your clear skin for one or two blemishes, it is better to apply a potent treatment directly on the problem area.

The Origins Super Spot Remover Blemish Treatment Gel helps to reduce the appearance of breakouts by speeding up the skin’s healing process and correcting post-blemish pigmentation.







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