Benefits of Salicylic Acid

The incredible benefits of salicylic acid go way beyond just treating acne and pimples.

What can salicylic acid do for you? Plenty! 

I love this serum to really deep clean my complexion and help to hydrate it too.

It doesn't matter if you have dry, oily, or normal skin, this double duty lotion helps to gently remove excess dead cells that can wind up clogging your pores.

And it does all of this while increasing hydration too. Perfect! Who would or couldn't use both?

How does it work? Simply put, it helps to "unglue" skin cells within the tiny hair follicles - which makes them easier to shed. This helps keep pores open and reduces the chance of whiteheads, blackheads, and breakouts.

It also leaves your complexion smooth and super clean and able to absorb favorite moisturizer or anti-aging cream........thus giving you better results.

If the name of this mild acid sounds familiar, it is because it is from the same root plant, the white willow (Salix Alba) as aspirin originated from. Additionally a good salicylic acid cleanser makes an amazing ally against acne.

Because salicylic acid comes from white willow bark, like aspirin, it has mild anti-inflammatory properties.

The anti-inflammatory action makes it a great help for acne and blemishes.

It works to help the skin shed the dead cells in the correct manner, so that the skin can get rid of them without the dead skin clogging the pores, which is what causes many pimples.

This exfoliation helps to lower the incidences of break outs. Many times you can find salicylic acid solutions in creams, lotions, and other “user friendly” forms. 

It is also anti-microbial, which helps to keep bacteria and other impurities out of your skin. It is also said to help thicken your skin, and aid in collagen production. 

In addition, the exfoliating benefits can help with psoriasis itching and symptoms and nasty white crusty patches because it helps to exfoliate excess cells. 

Salicylic Acid Solubility

Because of the salicylic acid solubility - it's perfect for oily skin. Unlike alpha hydroxyl acids (AHAs), which are water soluble, the beta hydroxyl acids (BHAs) are lipid or fat soluble.

So what does this mean? It means it penetrate excess oil and cleans deeply....allowing pore penetration far deeper than alpha hydroxyl acids -- which means it can really clean them out better.

It also helps to open clogged pores and ease minor pimples on the skin. It is often found in dandruff shampoos to reduce flaking and itching.

Anti-Aging Benefits of Salicylic Acid - This acid is usually found in mild over-the-counter chemical peels, anti-wrinkle serums, creams, and exfoliates because it helps shed dead damaged cells, encourage cell turnover for smoother complexion and reduce mild signs of aging.

Studies on the usage and benefits of salicylic acid

And the benefits of salicylic acid cleanser goes beyond the makes an excellent acne body wash. 

Things to remember when using chemical peels, salicylic acid, alpha hydroxyl acid and other chemical exfoliates:

  • test a small area if you have sensitive skin before use
  • apply a good moisturize after each use
  • always wear a sunblock of at least SPF 15 or higher

It's a small price to pay to enjoy the anti-aging benefits of salicylic acid.

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