Salicylic acid: For the health of your skin
SALICYLIC acid, long used in the beauty industry and by dermatologists as the go-to for skincare, is being overhyped currently on social media for its beneficial effects on the skin. The beta-hydroxy acid helps in a variety of ways, says aesthetician Nicola Meredith, and here’s why she said you should believe the hype.
It’s good for exfoliation
Salicylic acid is oil-soluble, which means it can penetrate the pores and exfoliate both the surface of the skin and inside the pore lining. This helps to remove dead skin cells and unclog pores.
It’s a great acne treatment
Due to its ability to penetrate the pores, salicylic acid is effective in treating acne. It helps to reduce inflammation, break down blackheads and whiteheads, and prevent new acne lesions.
It’s great oil control
Salicylic acid can regulate oil production on the skin’s surface, making it beneficial for individuals with oily or combination skin.
It has anti-inflammatory properties
It possesses anti-inflammatory properties, helping to calm redness and irritation associated with acne or other skin conditions.
It helps with skin renewal
By promoting exfoliation, salicylic acid encourages the renewal of skin cells, resulting in a smoother and more even complexion.
It helps to treat certain skin conditions
Salicylic acid is used in various skincare products to treat conditions like psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis and warts due to its exfoliating and anti-inflammatory properties.
It’s good for unclogging pores
Salicylic acid’s ability to penetrate pores and dissolve debris makes it effective in preventing and treating clogged pores, reducing the likelihood of blackheads and acne breakouts.
It reduces hyperpigmentation
Regular use of salicylic acid can contribute to a more even skin tone by reducing hyperpigmentation and dark spots.
“It’s important to note that while salicylic acid can be effective, individuals with sensitive skin may experience irritation,” Meredith said. “So start with lower concentrations and gradually increase use if tolerated well. Consulting a dermatologist can provide personalised advice on incorporating salicylic acid into your skincare routine.”