Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid (BHA) and one of the most common acne fighters on the market! Due to the slight difference in molecular structure from AHAs, salicylic acid oil is soluble, meaning that in addition to breaking down the “glue” that keeps those dead surface skin cells hanging on, salicylic acid can actually slip right into those pores where acne usually starts and break up the oil, dead cells, and gunk that causes so many skin issues in the first place. Although it’s wonderful at fighting whiteheads and blackheads, it can’t fight cystic acne effectively.
Benefits: Beside working like other chemical exfoliators to increase cell turnover to shed excess dead skin cells, it also works to unclog the skin’s pores of any leftover impurities.
Skin Types: Oily and acne prone skin love salicylic acid! Dry types and those with particularly sensitive skin can experience peeling, redness, and irritation when using salicylic acid. Don’t be discouraged! You can explore lower percentages of the ingredient too!