Skin Matters

What Happens To Your Skin When You Use Salicylic Acid

Prone to acne? Then this ingredient is about to be your BFF.

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When it comes to dealing with breakouts, you’ve probably heard the word “salicylic acid” thrown around. But do you actually know what it is and what it really does for your complexion? Hmm, probably not. Check out the 5 things you should know about your skin’s bet in acne defense. 

1. It gets rid of excess oil.

Salicylic acid is literally an acid that has the ability to remove excess oil from your skin. It works by stimulating the circulation of oil out of your pores, giving you less chances of developing an unwanted zit.

2. It works as an exfoliant.

This pimple-fighting ingredient has properties that help shed layers of dead skin cells by decreasing inflammation—that’s why applying it on acne speeds up healing. A mild solution of this acid mimics the effect of a facial scrub. But because it’s not as abrasive, it reduces the risk of rupturing any inflammations and harming your facial blood vessels.

3. It goes in deep.

Facial washes, toners, and spot treatments that contain salicylic acid are fantastic for fighting breakouts because they can penetrate your skin better. By doing so, they clear clogged pores and sift out dirt, debris, and oil—the culprits behind annoying pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads.

4. It can actually get rid of warts.

Different concentrations of salicylic acid can treat different skin conditions and it’s safe at certain levels. For example, higher doses in the 10 to 30% range can actually work to dissolve warts if treated regularly. Interesting skin trivia to know, but make sure you don’t use something this potent unless a licensed dermatologist is supervising your treatment.

5. It can save your skin from shaving complications.

If your de-fuzzing technique of choice is shaving, keep a foaming wash that’s spiked with salicylic acid nearby to soothe razor burns and treat irritated ingrown hairs. Simply add a dollop of your wash on a wet cotton ball, work it into a lather, and rub it over the affected area twice a day before rinsing off. It’s okay to be a bit more aggressive here and concentrate on the affected spots, since the hair tends to be thicker in areas that you shave.

6. It dries up pimples.

Here’s how it works: Salicylic acid can spot-treat pimples without overdrying your skin. So if you use a cleansing gel or spot corrector that contains this potent but skin-safe ingredient, you can avoid those annoying dry patches and scars from occurring and making you feel self-conscious about your newly healed zit.

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