Ingredient spotlight: Salicylic Acid

Published: 16/04/2024 | Author: Andrea Simons

Looking for a skincare ingredient that unclogs, minimises spots, and makes your skin silky smooth? You’ve found it! Here’s all you need to know about this trusty blemish-fighter.

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What is Salicylic Acid?

Salicylic Acid is a Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) and a chemical exfoliant mostly known for its blemish-fighting benefits. If you have blemishes, oily skin, clogged pores or dealt with teenage acne, it’s very likely that you have come across Salicylic Acid at some point. It’s well-known for its exceptional ability to unclog pores and features in many anti-acne products (for adults too!) for that very reason. But Salicylic Acid has more tricks up its sleeve! It has become a real crowd pleaser for its exfoliating and smoothing qualities and is a staple in every skincare junkie’s routine.

What does Salicylic Acid do for the skin?

• Exfoliates and decongests the skin • Clears pores of oil, dirt and dead skin cells, preventing clogged pores • Smooths rough and uneven skin • Brightens the skin • Helps prevent new blemishes, blackheads or whiteheads from forming • Calms the skin

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How does Salicylic Acid work?

Salicylic Acid, much like other acids, exfoliates the skin by weakening the bonds between dead skin cells. This facilitates their even shedding, promoting cell turnover for a brighter, smoother, and more glowing complexion. However, unlike certain acids like Glycolic Acid (AHAs), Salicylic Acid is oil-soluble, which means it penetrates deep into the pores and effectively clears out dirt, excess oil, and dead skin cells from within. By preventing pore congestion, Salicylic Acid helps stave off the development of blemishes, making it an exceptional ingredient for fighting acne and maintaining clear skin.

Where can I find Salicylic Acid?

Our entire Pure Skin product range has been designed to target spots and blackheads and help prevent breakouts. All products are anti-bacterial and have detect technology combined with Salicylic Acid to clear away dead skin cells, limit sebum production, and prevent shine. So, if you can’t wait to give Salicylic Acid a go, give our Pure Skin range a try!
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