What is salicylic acid? Before you run off scared because it says ACID listen up…
When it comes to skincare there are 2 categories of acids beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs). Salicylic acid is part of the BHA category.
Interesting fact: salicylic acid is actually derived from willow bark! A powerful natural anti-inflammatory making it a great addition to products formulated for acne control.
Both alpha and beta are great exfoliating ingredients. Alpha is water soluble while beta is oil soluble. Oil soluble are ingredients generally penetrate through the skin deeper and more easily compared to water soluble. This is also why these 2 acid categories work so well together… AHA works on the surface to to loosen dead skin and help reveal fresher new skin while BHA works deeper to penetrate through the skin and unclog pores.
The result is clearer, softer, smoother skin. Say goodbye to bumps and rough skin because this is your ticket to smooth!
You can overuse this ingredient. Some signs would be dry and irritated skin where it’s applied. It’s also not recommended for those with extremely dry or sensitive skin. If you notice any irritation, stop using immediately. If you were using it for spot treatments, cut back on how much your putting on, a thin layer is good enough and max 2 times per day. Overuse can make your acne worse.
I’m definitely guilty of constantly putting it on to get rid of those pesky zits and have noticed it doesn’t help any faster but instead prolongs them! Lesson learned. Please learn from my mistakes!!
Salicylic acid toxicity is rare but, it can occur from topical application of salicylic acid. To reduce your risk, follow these recommendations:
- do not apply salicylic acid products to large areas of your body
- do not use for long periods of time
- do not use use under air-tight dressings, such as plastic wrap
Immediately stop using salicylic acid and see your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms or signs:
- ringing or buzzing in the ears (tinnitus)
- hearing loss
- increase in breathing depth (hyperpnea)
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists notes that topical salicylic acid is safe to use while pregnant.
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