Salicylic acid is an extract from the leaves of Willows which is referred to as its chemical exfoliant beta-hydroxy acid or BHA. Salicylic is an oil-soluble chemical exfoliant that helps penetrate deep into our pores and remove dirt, sebum and dead skin. Salicylic acid works best for mild acne . It can also help prevent future breakouts. Here are some benefits of using salicylic acid:
Salicylic acid has anti-inflammatory properties that helps reduce swelling and redness, especially for acne-prone skin. It also can help to kill the bacteria that can cause acne due to its antimicrobial properties without being harsh to the skin
Removes dead skin cell
Salicylic acid helps to remove dead skin cells. This is important because dead skin cells can contribute to the development of acne and other skin problems. By removing dead skin cells, salicylic acid can help to keep your skin looking and feeling its best.
Reduces sebum secretion
Salicylic acid can also help to reduce the amount of sebum that is produced by the skin. Sebum is an oily substance that can contribute to the development of acne. Clogged pores are also one of the main causes of acne. By reducing the amount of sebum that is produced by the skin, salicylic acid can help to keep pores clear and reduce the risk of developing acne.
Salicylic acid can also help to soothe sunburns. This is because it has anti-inflammatory properties that can help to reduce the swelling and redness associated with sunburn as it can help to prevent peeling and blistering by keeping the skin hydrated.
Your doctor or dermatologist will recommend a form and dosage specifically for your skin type and your skin’s current condition. They might also recommend that, for 2 or 3 days, you only apply a limited amount to a small area of affected skin to test your reaction before applying to the entire area.