Even if you’re not familiar with skincare ingredients, if you’ve ever looked for a product to heal a pimple up quickly, then chances are you’ve probably seen salicylic acid on the label. When used correctly, salicylic is a wonderful ingredient for helping keep skin clear from acne. The great news is that there are additional salicylic acid benefits for skin!
Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid that is oil soluble rather than water soluble like its cousin, alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), making it ideal to target oily skin conditions that may be contributing to frustrating breakouts. It is part of the aspirin family and provides anti-inflammatory,antibacterial and analgesic benefits.
Here are 4 other reasons why salicylic acid is great for skin!
Provides a Deep Yet Gentle Exfoliation for Clearer Skin
No matter what type of skin you have, everyone should be exfoliating at least once or twice a week to keep the skin clear and healthy. Unlike synthetic scrubbing beads in many conventional products that can be unsuitable for some skin types, a low concentration salicylic acid provides a gentler yet even more effective exfoliation.
Salicylic acid helps to soften keratin, a protein in the skin that makes skin cells stick together.
This makes it much easier to slough away dead skin cells while removing dirt and impurities from deep down in the pores and reducing redness and inflammation. Not only will your skin look healthier after just one use, it will feel silky soft to the touch.
Stimulates Collagen Production and Brightens the Complexion
Before you write off salicylic acid as an ingredient solely for teens and tweens with hormonal breakouts, you may want to keep reading.
Salicylic acid helps to promote the formation of collagen, an important structural protein that decreases in our skin as we age. Improved collagen production means a plumper, firmer skin with fewer fine lines and wrinkles.
With regular use, salicylic acid will also help to reduce the thickness of the dead skin layer so your skin will look more luminous.
Reduces Pore Size for a More Even Complexion
Large pores are a common complaint we hear from women of all ages and it’s one that is easier to treat than you may think.
Large pores are usually due to excessive oil flow and pores clogged with oil and debris. Salicylic acid helps to reduce excess oil as well as thoroughly clearing the pores, making it perfect for reducing large pores and giving you skin you feel confident in.
Natural Treatment for Pigmentation
Pigmentation is darker areas of skin that can be caused by an array of factors from sun damage to hormonal changes. Salicylic acid’s ability to inhibit melanin production, combined with its gentle exfoliating properties, means it will help to reduce the appearance of pigmentation with minimal irritation.
If you haven’t exfoliated in a while or if your skin is in need of a pick-me-up then these salicylic acid benefits for skin may be just what your skin needs to get back on track again!
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