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What is Salicylic Acid?

Updated: Apr 28

And do I need it in my skincare routine?



This powerhouse takes an adamant stance against acne. Salicylic acid helps to remove dead skin cells, oil and debris attached to the skins surface and inside the pore. Salicylic acid is oil-soluable and lipophilic, so it penetrates sebum filled follicles and cleans out clogged pores.

Salicylic acid is the perfect ingredient for anyone with acne (when used correctly). Acne or acne vulgaris is a multi-staged and progressive skin condition involving 3 critical factors: comedones, bacteria and inflammation. 1. Clogged pores (comedones): clogged pores don’t stand a chance against salicylic acid, which exfoliates excess dead skin on the surface and around the pores lining. 2. Bacteria: The antimicrobial properties of salicylic acid makes it highly effective against propioni bacterium acne (p-acne bacteria), which is responsible for inflammatory acne. Eliminating bacteria will minimize ant existing inflammation. 3. Inflammation: Due to it being closely related to acetylsalicylic or aspirin, salicylic acid is a potent anti-inflammatory.

One thing to remember when using salicylic acid is that your skin will go through a “purging” process. This is entirely normal and very necessary. When the skin is purging it is expelling any foreign or excessive matter such as excess oil, dead skin cells and a build up of toxins within the skin. This detoxifying process is essential for the skins ultimate goal......... CLEAR SKIN!!!

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