You hear about it all the time when it comes to skin care products. Salicylic acid is one of the most popular and efficient ingredients used in anti-acne cosmetics. It is by far one of the most vicious whitehead and blackhead enemies, yet an ally for a skin. So what is salicylic acid and how you should use it for advantage of your face?
What is salicylic acid and where does it come from?
This acid was known already in ancient times, when it was used as pain or fever reliever. Although nowadays it is usually synthesised, the natural sources of this substance are meadowsweet, wintergreen or willow bark. From chemical point of view, salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid (BHA), which structure makes this substance more capable of dissolving in oil, thanks to the fact that two carbon atoms detach the hydroxy element from the acid. Owing to this feature, cosmetics containing salicylic acid are able to easily enter skin pores, clear them and exfoliate dead skin cells, but what is more, these cosmetics has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-ageing functions.
Salicylic acid for a skin
As you’ve read above, salicylic acid has positive effects on prone to acne skin – it goes through epidermis, untying desmosomes (bonds between dead skin cells), enabling it to slough off and preparing a new space for growth of skin cells, as well as unclogging the pores, while simultaneously averting them from reclogging. The skin is exfoliated, clean, softened, and inflammation or ageing symptoms are reduced. Moreover, salicylic acid is recommended for an oily skin, since it decreases sebum secretion, thus makes your skin less shiny and more resistant to acne and blemishes.
How to use salicylic acid?
Wash your face, exfoliate the skin and moisturize it with use of salicylic acid products like creams, masks, topical serums and peelings. If your skin is oily, prone to pimples, whiteheads and blackheads, which often lead to unhealthy looking breakouts (and especially when you do makeup to cover this issue), you should implement salicylic acid in your skin care routine. Search for cosmetics that contain this miraculous ingredient to boost your skin health by exfoliation and deep cleansing which help you get rid of dead skin cells, dirt and leftovers of makeup. Remember, though, not to over use it, because excessive use of this substance on sensitive skin may result in dehydration and irritation. It is advised to observe the results of putting any salicylic acid cream or cleansing gel during first use to see if the skin responds positively. It is always a good idea to ask for a sample first, if possible.
Where can I buy salicylic acid cosmetics?
You can buy salicylic acid in more concentrated form, yet this should be first consulted with your dermatologists. Non-prescription concentration for salicylic acid is up to 2% when it comes to cosmetics like creams and topical serums which can stay on a skin, and up to 3% in cosmetics like peelings or cleansers which are meant to be washed off after a short period of time. The key to successful fight with acne is an appropriate concentration level adjusted to the needs of given skin with regard of its safety. You can find in our online shop a wide range of over-the-counter cosmetics for skin care, from toners, peelings and masks through face and hand creams to eye patches and so on. Browse our store to find the right salicylic acid product for your skin.