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Salicylic Acid

Definition: Salicylic Acid

The term salicylic acid gets thrown around here a lot on BellaSugar, because it's a common ingredient used in acne-fighting products such as cleansers, toners and especially spot treatments.

It is a topical anti-inflammatory and a beta hydroxy acid. It slows down the shedding of skin cells inside your hair follicles, which clog your pores and often lead to acne.

It is used to treat blemishes, blackheads, whiteheads and even dandruff, psoriasis, calluses, corns and warts in some cases. The drawback of using salicylic acid is that it can be very drying and irritating on sensitive skin. Overall it is highly effective and safe—which is why it's so popular in over-the-counter products targeted at clearing up blemished complexions.


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terryt18 terryt18 9 years
I've heard that Pepto tip before, too. It's true; both Pepto and aspirin have salicylic. Also, a naturally occurring derivative can be found in willow tree bark, which is an ingredient in Burts Bees blemish stick. (which i love!) However, I was under the impression that salicylic acid helps skin cells slough off more easily...?
diva-dahling diva-dahling 9 years
Earlier today on WebMD, I read an article discussing Hollywood beauty secrets. Their suggestion for a salicylic acid treatment? Smearing Pepto Bismol on your face. Apparently it contains salicylic acid.
laura1867 laura1867 9 years
I like Neutrogena and Oil of Olay brands with this stuff.
laura1867 laura1867 9 years
I'm 42 yrs old and I developed adult acne about 3 years ago and Salicylic acid is the only thing that works for me.. Go for it ladies.
LauraW68 LauraW68 9 years
Hmmm... sounds like something my dd would use.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
I just started using the Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash w/ Salicylic acid. My skin is purging right now since I'm on Differin and Benzeclin however I know the results will be good.
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