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What is Salicylic Acid?
How Does Salicylic Acid Work?
Benefits of Salicylic Acid for Your Skin (Blackheads, Whiteheads, Acne Scars)
- Eliminating the dead skin cells – The abrasive effect of the acid will help get rid of the unwanted cells to expose the skin pores.
- Breaking down the excess oil – This helps prevent clogging and formation of painful oil lumps that may end up giving you discomfort. It is that pain and discomfort that prompts you to pop up the rigid oil with your fingers.
- Preventing further oil accumulation by helping excrete the excess. Salicylic acid softens the skin passages to allow a smooth excretion process where oil wastes do not solidify.
- Opening up and softening the clogged skin pores. This helps get rid of the excess oil lumps and pus.
- Maintaining your skin in a state that prevents further oil saturation. It is another way of saying that the substance provides service to your skin.
Note: Salicylic acid is also known as a great treatment for keratosis pilaris (chicken skin), hyperpigmentation, and can also be used to soothe redness and inflammation on the face and body.
How To Incorporate Salicylic Acid Into Your Skincare Routine?
For more sensitive skin, you should apply a product with a low concentration or a wash-off product to minimize the potential side effects. DO NOT use it with another exfoliate, unless you want to complicate the situation on your skin.
Side effects of Salicylic Acid
- Dryness– Salicylic acid is more suitable for those with oily skin. Dry or eczema-vulnerable skin will be itchy after applying the ingredient. However, there is good news. You can still apply it with a suitable moisturizer to lubricate your skin.
- Irritation – You might experience a burning sensation or irritation during the initial stages of applying salicylic acid. As you get accustomed to using it, the reaction should get mild. If they get worse over time, consult your dermatologist immediately. You should avoid having the product coming into contact with your eyes.
- Sun sensitivity– Applying salicylic acid leaves your skin prone to the harshness of the sun’s rays. Be sure to protect yourself from the sun by using a broad-spectrum sunscreen while using it to avoid cases of sunburns. If you must work outside during the day, apply the chemical to your skin at night.
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