Salicylic Acid helps Acne and is one of the most popular treatments for Acne sufferers. Especially for those who find themselves reaching for a product containing the magic ingredient as soon as a spot appears. But what exactly makes Salicylic Acid so special, what does it do and what type of Acne does it work best for?
· Salicylic Acid is a Beta Hydroxy Acid
According to experts, as Salicylic Acid is a Beta Hydroxy Acid, this structure allows Salicylic Acid to be more oil soluble. This means it can penetrate into the pores of the skin, making it great at unclogging pores and attacking pimples.
· It works by attacking your skin’s “glue.”
Experts explain how once the Salicylic Acid has penetrated the skin, the acid part of the molecule can dissolve some of the intercellular ‘glue’ that holds skin cells together. Whereas, Alpha Hydroxy Acids (Glycolic Acid) just exfoliate your skin when they touch the surface.
· It’s a powerful exfoliator
Salicylic Acid is a chemical exfoliator, making it much more powerful at sloughing off dead skin than a granular scrub would be, as it uses chemicals to break cells that have bound together to cause spots. Experts explain how Salicylic Acid also loosens and breaks apart desmosomes (attachments between cells in the outer layer of skin). It’s this ‘desmolytic’ action that encourages exfoliation of the skin, unclogging of pores and dissolving blackheads.
· It can even give your skin cells a deep cleaning
Salicylic Acid can penetrate oily skin and clogged pores as it is lipophilic, giving your skin a deep clean. Salicylic Acid can also help to reduce Acne as it can reduce sebum secretion. Finally, Salicylic Acid is an anti-inflammatory, which helps with inflamed Acne.
· Salicylic Acid works best on blackheads and whiteheads
According to experts, there are three factors that contribute to Acne: An abnormal sloughing off of skin cells, excessive oiliness, and the action of P. acnes bacteria. Salicylic Acid works best on blackheads and whiteheads as it dissolves the type of skin debris that clogs pores and causes Acne. Salicylic Acid helps Acne by directly dissolving the keratin plugs and regulating the skin cells.
Due to its antibacterial activity, Salicylic Acid also has some effectiveness against Cystic Acne. Be careful as Salicylic Acid can irritate and dry your skin if your skin is sensitive or if overused.
So now you should have an understanding of how Salicylic Acid helps Acne. If you would like to have your skin correctly and precisely assessed by an expert, we recommend visiting a skin specialist at your nearest Accredited Treatment Centre.
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