What is salicylic acid?
Before you add salicylic acid to your skincare routine, it’s important to know what it is, and how it works on your skin. Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid (BHA) and is naturally derived from organic matter like barks and fruits. BHAs generally act as chemical exfoliants on the skin, removing dead cells from the outer layer of your skin. Like alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) such as glycolic and lactic acids, BHAs work to gently dissolve the bonds between dead skin cells, making them easy to remove without mechanical scrubbing, plus BHAs have added pore unclogging benefits.
What are the benefits of salicylic acid for skin?
One of the most common uses of salicylic acid is combating against blackheads, pimples and breakouts. While AHAs work on the surface of the skin, BHAs also penetrate pores. Thanks to the unclogging action of salicylic acid, the build-up of dead skin and dirt that contribute to acne and breakouts is reduced, resulting in clearer, brighter looking skin over time.
Salicylic acid is beneficial for a range of skin types and can assist with multiple skincare concerns. Alongside acne-reduction, salicylic acid also has naturally anti-inflammatory and soothing properties. The act of chemically exfoliating your skin will help remove the layer of dead skin cells on the surface, and help reveal fresh, new skin. Incorporating salicylic acid into your skincare routine can result in a host of positive outcomes including:
- Unclogged pores
- Brighter skin
- Smoother skin texture
- Even skin tone
How do you add salicylic acid to your skin care routine?
Finally, it’s crucial to remember to apply sunscreen after use, as BHAs make your skin more sensitive to the sun’s rays. Apply sunscreen or a moisturiser containing SPF like our Laser X3 SPF15 Day Cream at the end of your routine and before sun exposure.
Salicylic acid for men’s skin
Men’s skin requires just as much care as women’s. As men’s pH levels change over time, affecting their oil production, using a pore-targeting ingredient like salicylic acid can benefit skin greatly.
For a supercharged daily face scrub, try the Men Expert Pure Charcoal Anti-Blackhead Daily Face Scrub. Powered with salicylic acid to combat stubborn blackheads and excess oil, it also contains 3 types of exfoliants to draw out oil from clogged pores for clearer looking skin!
For hydration with the benefits of salicylic acid, look to the Men Expert Anti-Imperfection Moisturiser. Designed to target skin imperfections and reduce oil, this daily moisturiser is a go-to for hydration. Apply to skin after daily cleansing for long term results.
Beyond salicylic acid - What else can help with acne?
If you find yourself suffering from acne, pimples, and blackheads, there are a range of other steps you can consider when looking at your skincare routine, beyond the addition of salicylic acid. A combination of ingredients is sometimes the best way to address breakouts. When choosing products, ensure that anything you buy is oil-free and non-comedogenic. This means that they won’t clog your pores up after use. For persistent acne, we recommend consulting a healthcare professional.
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