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Salicylic Acid | Is This The Acid For You?

The hype surrounding the skincare wonder that is Salicylic Acid has yet to fade and for good reason. This ingredient has been touted as a multi-tasking wonder thanks to its ability to declog pores, encourage cellular turnover and reduce sebum production. In short, it is perfect for those looking for gentle, yet powerful, exfoliation.

So, should you be adding this acid to your skincare routine? Read on to discover our verdict.

A little bit more about Salicylic Acid…

As enzymatic exfoliants go, Salicylic Acid is a formidable ally in the battle against dulling, pore-clogging skin cells – you know the kind that plague your T-Zone causing an endless parade of black heads?

As a BHA, Salicylic Acid is a sister to the well-known AHAs but with a structural difference that has aided its soaring popularity. Whereas AHAs – such as Glyclolic or Lactic Acids – are water-soluble and most effective at exfoliating the surface of the skin, BHAs are oil-soluble meaning they can penetrate oil-clogged pores, making them effective exfoliators both on and within the skin.

Additionally, Salicylic Acid also helps to promote cellular turnover, encouraging the shedding of dead skin cells by dissolving the glue that binds them together. This makes it extremely useful for those suffering with blemish or acne prone skin, as often the cause of these conditions are a result of slow cellular turnover which causes a build-up of cells on the skin, ultimately blocking the pores and leading to breakouts.

This is why Salicylic Acid remains one of the most popular ingredients for those battling oily, clogged and blemish prone skin. It is not only able to exfoliate skin but penetrate pores, helping to dislodge build-up and truly clean within the pore for a clearer, shine-free complexion.

Four reasons to start using Salicylic Acid today

✓ Promotes cellular turnover, reducing likelihood of congestion and breakouts

✓ Dissolves pore-clogging debris, exfoliating within the pore and removing decaying skin cells quickly

✓ Helps control sebum production, reducing shine for a matter but still radiant complexion

✓ Powerful enzymatic exfoliant (no scrubbing required) that dissolves the glue binding dead skin cells to reveal fresher, more radiant and youthful skin

Is Salicylic Acid suitable for my skin?

Yes, if your skin is...

✓ Dull, lacklustre

✓ Oily

✓ Blemish / acne prone

✓ Clogged pores

✓ Combination

Those with drier or more sensitive skin types should always use acids with caution as they can increase the sensitivity of skin. However, before you throw in towel there are options out there for those of you with more sensitive skin – namely Lactobionic Acid, a gentler member of the acid family.

Salicylic Acid: The Verdict

Yes, Salicylic Acid is truly a skincare wonder, tackling a multitude of complexions concerns whilst being a powerful exfoliator and all without the need for any vigorous scrubbing – hoorah!


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