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Salicylic Acid: Derivatives And Uses

Salicylic Acid: Derivatives And Uses

Salicylic acid is a name that pops up whenever we talk about acne fighting skin care and there is often discussion about which is better to fight the good fight, Benzoyl Peroxide or Salicylic Acid (SA)? I’m not going to talk about Benzoyl Peroxide in this article but rather SA as I’ve found it to be a gentler alternative for those with sensitive skin. As a fellow acne prone, oily skinned beauty lover I know how tiresome constant breakouts can be and the search for products and ingredients to help my skin condition is a never ending search thus I present this article.

Where does SA come from?

Salicylic Acid is a natural acid derived from the bark of the willow tree and literally means willow tree (salix) in Latin.

What is Salicylic Acid?

SA is an important ingredient when it comes to skin and hair care products and it is also found in lotions and creams to help combat acne, psoriasis and dandruff. Salicylic Acid is known as a Beta Hydroxy Acid and acts as a wonderful exfolliant for acne prone and oily skin as it penetrates the pores and exfoliates the pores from the inside. It attacks acne right at the root and this is what helps reduce inflammation and irritation. Salicylic Acid also helps with the breakdown of blackheads and whiteheads and with continued use it can effectively unclog pores and prevent future breakouts.

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Salicylic Acid is absolutely safe and gentle to use. Over the counter products contain percentages of SA from 0.5%-2%. Typically, it is used once a day but some products may advice a twice daily application. Always read the instructions on your product.

Is Salicylic Acid only for topical application?

Salicylic Acid can also be found in unripe fruits and vegetables such as blackberries, blueberries, dates, kiwi fruit, olives and tomatoes. Significant amounts can also be found in water chestnuts, peanuts and almonds.

Have you tried any products with salicylic acid? Which ones worked the best and which didn’t work at all? Share in the comments below!

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