Salicylic Acid Exfoliator

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The key to clear, even, baby-soft skin? A salicylic acid exfoliator. That's because salicylic acid is a BHA (beta hydroxy acid), an oil-soluble ingredient that's derived from willow bark. It means it's able to penetrate deep into your pores to unclog them – making it acne's arch-nemesis.

It dissolves dirt, oil and debris build-up that would otherwise cause you to breakout. And as it's an anti-inflammatory too, it'll also help soothe blemishes and angry spots.

From powders and lotions to cleansers and pads, our selection includes an array of salicylic acid exfoliators from leading skincare brands. And the good news is there's no one perfect formula, they're all exceptional at clarifying and softening your complexion, so just choose the formula type that you prefer. Dermalogica's Daily Microfoliant is a powder-based formula that microfoliates debris upon contact with water, leaving skin feeling smoother and looking brighter. Or if you prefer a mask,The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Masque features a blend of salicylic acid, charcoal and clay to purify oily complexions.

You can use a salicylic acid exfoliator every day, as long as your skin can tolerate it. Those with oilier skin types will find they can use this BHA more often, and can even use it both morning and evening too. But those with dry skin may find it a little too drying if used every day, so start to add it into your skincare regimen 2–3 times a week at first. And as salicylic acid can make your skin more sensitive to the sun, don't forget to apply SPF each morning too!
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