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There's one major problem that is inevitable for oily skin and that is acne concerns. Excess sebum production, pimples, whiteheads and blackheads are some common skincare issues that you might have to fight on a regular basis if you fall under the oily skin category. But for every problem, there's a solution too and here it is Salicylic Acid.

 In the vast world of skincare, Salicylic Acid has earned a very bright and clear reputation of being acne's arch-nemesis. In the battle of acne and breakouts, this active Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) is considered one of the key ingredients you can rely on. How, you ask? Well, Salicylic Acid being an oil-soluble active penetrates deep into the skin pores, clearing off dead skin cells for good. The process of breaking down dead skin cells makes this BHA a great exfoliating agent, that clears off whiteheads and blackheads caused due to unusual sloughing off of skin cells and excessive production of oil.

The magical benefits of Salicylic Acid for skin 

  1. Clears off pores from excess oil

Being oil-soluble in nature, Salicylic Acid is the key ingredient to keep excess sebum at bay by exfoliating pore linings through deep penetration into your skin. Not only is it beneficial for deep cleansing, but it also suppresses the cells responsible for producing skin's sebum or natural oil, saving you the horror of excess oil production all the time.

  2. Checks future acne

Salicylic Acid has comedolytic characteristics, which means it prevents the formation of future blackheads and whiteheads. Since Salicylic Acid keeps the pores clean, excess oil or dead skin cells buildup is restricted which stops blackheads and whiteheads from developing further. 

  3. Weakens acne causing bacteria

Acne causing bacteria thrives under clogged pores where the oxygen flow is minimum. Since Salicylic Acid unclogs open pores, it creates an oxygen-rich environment within the pores that further weakens these acne-causing bacteria.  

  4. Soothes inflammation and redness

Naturally extracted from Willow Bark, Salicylic Acid has anti-inflammatory properties that calms and soothes inflamed and irritated skin. In regards to acne, it reduces redness, puffiness and soreness caused due to acne concerns.

Salicylic Acid for everyday use

Products containing Salicylic Acid are safe for everyday use if used as directed and tolerated by your skin. If you have oily skin, daily use of Salicylic Acid works wonders. On the other hand, if you have sensitive or dry skin, it can cause some irritation. It's best advisable to use it on alternative days before making it permanent on your everyday routine.

Reactions of Salicylic Acid on skin

The best part about introducing your skincare to Salicylic Acid is that you can use ample of it and not damage the skin regardless. The only reaction it might have after heavy use is irritation in case you have sensitive or very dry skin.

In some cases, if you're using Salicylic Acid without proper knowledge or in high concentrations, you might experience redness, peeling, dryness and irritation. You must overall avoid using Salicylic Acid if you have severely dry or sensitive skin.

Although the concentration of this active used in most skincare formulations is low, often two percent, which can be well tolerated by your skin when used appropriately.

Note: Less is more when you're using Salicylic Acid. Only use a pea sized amount or less for your entire face is enough to show glowing and clear results after consistent use.