Salicylic Acid in Skincare
We can all swear that 2022 was wonderful in terms of beauty industry goal. This year we changed from layers of makeup to minimal makeup and skincare took the front seat! Now skincare enthusiasts take pride in bringing Salicylic Acid as the first line of defense, because salicylic acid is a “lipid-soluble” component, it may efficiently enter your pores. Before we understand the benefits of this nature’s elixir, let’s do a small fact check.
What do you mean by Salicylic acid?
A beta-hydroxy acid (BHA) called salicylic acid (SA) aids in promoting the skin’s natural exfoliating process. Salicylic acid, which was once made from the bark of several plants, including white willow and wintergreen leaves, is now most frequently made in a laboratory. This chemical has been used for a long time to address a variety of issues, such as blocked pores, rough, bumpy skin (also known as keratosis pilaris), and skin disorders like psoriasis. The moderate yet effective exfoliating capabilities of this substance can make your skin feel softer and smoother when used as part of your skincare routine.
What is it used for?
- Since it reduces sebum production, salicylic acid is wonderful for acne prone skin. It also reduces irritation and redness by unclogging blocked pores.
- Salicylic acid is keratolytic, which means that it breaks down keratin. Keratin is the protein that makes your skin. It loosens dead skin cells, so it is an excellent product for exfoliation.
- Due to its keratolytic properties, it can help in getting rid of black and white heads.
- In some cases it is also used to reduce psoriasis, calluses, corn or wart treatments
So over all, a healthy and glowing skin.
Where can I find Salicylic Acid?
It cannot be incorporated in diet, it is usually present in your face washes, toners, leave on spot treatments, moisturizers and face masks.
How to use Salicylic Acid?
Salicylic acid is typically regarded as a substance that is safe for everyday usage and may be used in conjunction with other skincare components when properly administered. Salicylic acid products that contain 1% to 2% of the ingredient are efficient.
However when you want to incorporate it with other acids, you should know the reaction may not be beneficial but harmful. So get the right plan of action before you proceed to mix and match.
Well, a very common side effect can be skin irritation, but it can also cause tingling in skin, redness, flaky skin, peeling and redness. So, patch test before you use!