Ingredients

What Is Salicylic Acid?

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If you have naturally oily, blemish-prone skin, chances are you’ve used a product containing salicylic acid before. Found in a range of skincare products, from toners to spot treatments, salicylic acid is a key ingredient in the fight against acne. Lauded for its ability to help unclog pores and reduce the appearance of pores, incorporating salicylic acid in your skincare routine is essential for combatting breakouts and blemishes.  

Here’s everything you need to know about salicylic acid 

What Is Salicylic Acid?

Salicylic acid for skin is a beta-hydroxy acid (BHA) derived from the willow bark tree, a plant traditionally celebrated for its skin-soothing effects. Thanks to natural properties that help it to reduce puffiness, salicylic acid skincare helps to soothe angry, red blemishes and prevent future breakouts. Regular use of salicylic acid in your skincare routine can also help to fade scarring from blemishes and minimise the appearance of pores. 

what is salicylic acid

What Does Salicylic Acid Do?

Salicylic acid benefits your skin in a number of ways, making it an all-in-one solution for all your blemish concerns. It helps to: 

  • Balance oily skin 
  • Prevent whiteheads and blackheads 
  • Minimise the appearance of pores 
  • Reduce puffiness 

How Does Salicylic Acid Work?

Salicylic acid works on clogged pores by dissolving the substance that causes the skin cells to stick together. This makes it easier for skin cells to shed. 

Unlike an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that acts on the surface of the skin and is water soluble, BHAs can penetrate through oil. This means that BHAs are not only effective at aiding surface exfoliation, but can also penetrate pores to help remove dirt, excess sebum and dead skin cells.  

How To Use Salicylic Acid

When incorporating salicylic acid skincare into your usual routine, it’s important to know how to use it right.  

Avoid using lots of active ingredients in the same routine as salicylic acid to prevent skin irritation. It’s also really important to wear sun protection in the daytime when using salicylic acid 

what is salicylic acid

This hardworking ingredient can be incorporated in your skincare routine in a number of ways, from salicylic acid cleansers to targeted spot treatments and moisturiser. Here are our top picks for adding a blemish banishing dose of salicylic acid into your daily routine. 

Salicylic Acid Skincare

The Salicylic Acid Toner

Ideal for daily use, AM & PM, the Clear Skin Willow Bark Pure Pore Toner is perfect for keeping blackheads and whiteheads at bay. Containing a skin-nourishing combination of argan stem cells, kombucha probiotics and aloe vera polysaccharides, the salicylic acid toner purifies pores without leaving the skin feeling dehydrated. 

The Salicylic Acid Spot Treatment

When dealing with pesky blemishes, reach for our Clear Skin Blemish Vanishing Gel. This salicylic acid spot treatment contains camphor extract and willow bark to help combat blemishes and reveal a clean, clearer complexion. Simply apply to the desired area before your daily moisturiser. 

The Salicylic Acid Serum

To keep clogged pores at bay, a salicylic acid serum is essential. Targeting clogged pores while leaving skin feeling hydrated, the Clear Skin Willow Bark Pure Pore Serum is full of clarifying ingredients and argan stem cell complex to reduce the appearance of spots and help to fade post-blemish pigmentation.  

The Salicylic Acid Cream

If you’re looking for a salicylic acid moisturiser, the Clear Skin Argan Stem Cell Recovery Cream is a must. Packed with skin-loving ingredients, this salicylic acid cream features a blend of our unique fruit stem cell complex, argan stem cells and willow bark. It helps to help clarify pores and absorb excess oil, while calming aloe soothes inflammation for a clear, balanced-looking complexion. 

If you are trying a product or ingredient for the first time, we always recommend a patch test first. 

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