" Clinical studies suggest that salicylic acid works better than benzoyl peroxide in clearing up acne."
What is Salicylic Acid?
Salicylic acid is a phenolic phytohormone naturally found in some plants that has a significant role in the growth and development of the plant itself.
Also known as beta hydroxy acid, salicylic acid is generally safe for both internal consumption and topical application. It is the main ingredient of aspirin. Due to its significant medicinal properties, World Health Organisation (WHO) lists salicylic acid as one of the most important medications required for a basic health system. In skincare, salicylic acid has long been used to improve skin texture and reduce skin imperfections.
Salicylic Acid Prevents and Reduces Acne
Salicylic acid unclogs congested pores and reduces acne inflammation. A clinical study showed the efficacy of salicylic acid for the treatment of acne vulgaris. At a concentration between 0.5% and 2%, salicylic acid reduces the number and severity of acne lessions. The study also suggested that salicylic acid works better than benzoyl peroxide in clearing up acne.
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Salicylic Acid Peels Away Dead Skin Cells
As part of its mechanism in clearing up the pores, salicylic acid peels away dead skin cells. It helps prevent blocked pores. Due to its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, salicylic acid is the best skincare ingredients for acne-prone skin. However, all skin types can benefit from salicylic acid as it boosts skin cell renewal, smoothes the skin, evens out the complexion and reduces the appearance of wrinkles and lines.
At a recommended concentration, salicylic acid is unlikely to cause skin irritation. Nevertheless, for precaution, if you have sensitive skin, always do a patch test and wait for 24 hours. If there is no sign of irritation, you can use the product which contains salicylic acid daily.
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Henry Tianus is a multi-award-winning Anti-Ageing Scientist based in London, UK. Henry Tianus has been listed as The Recognised Institute Practitioner at The Institute of Traditional Herbal Medicine and Aromatherapy (ITHMA), London (UK) since 2005. Henry Tianus's articles have been read by people in more than 100 countries with USA and UK at the top of the list. Join Henry Tianus eNewsletter to receive the latest health and wellbeing tips.
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Scientific Sources: WHO Model List of Essential Medicines, World Health Organisation (WHO), 18th list - April 2013 (Final Amendments – October 2013); Treatment of acne vulgaris with salicylic acid pads, Clinical Therapeutics, 1992 Mar-Apr: 14(2): 247-53; Salicylic acid as a peeling agent: a comprehensive review, 2015: 8: 455–461.
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