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How to Use Salicylic Acid?

How to Use Salicylic Acid?

The exfoliating and antimicrobial properties of salicylic acid make it an excellent ally for treating all types of blemishes. Salicylic acid is also used for the care of oily skin. Originally extracted from the bark of the willow tree, this cosmetic active ingredient is used in many face and hair care products. What steps should be taken in order to apply a product containing this active ingredient to achieve rapid result

Salicylic Acid in Facial Care.

Due to its multiple benefits for the skin, salicylic acid is present in many dermocosmetic products. Its exfoliating properties eliminate dead cells that accumulate on the surface of the epidermis, thus preventing the clogging of pores that cause blackheads and comedones. This anti-microbial product also fights against the colonization and proliferation of Propionibacterium acnes, the main bacteria involved in acne. Salicylic acid stimulates cellular regeneration and helps to brighten dull and tired complexions. Wrinkles are reduced, and the skin is unified.

Even if this acid is overall well tolerated by the epidermis, it is always advisable to carry out a skin tolerance test before the first use. To do this, simply apply the product containing salicylic acid to the crook of your arm or to the underside of your wrist. Wait 24 hours to ensure that you do not develop any allergy (redness, irritation, etc. ...).

According to the European regulation on cosmetic products, a facial care product cannot exceed a salicylic acid content of 2%. Depending on its content in a cosmetic product, salicylic acid can be used as a cure over a limited period of time or daily as part of a beauty routine.

With a 1% concentration of salicylic acid, the purifying toner can be used every night before bedtime on a dry, cleansed face and neck. It boosts cell renewal and smoothes skin texture. Soak a cotton pad and then gently pat from the inside out to stimulate the skin without irritating it. Do not rinse and allow the treatment to dry for a few seconds. Afterwards, you can apply your usual night cream or plant-based oil.

The local imperfections serum is more concentrated in salicylic acid (2%) than the toner. It should be used as a cure, over a limited period of time. With clean hands, take a drop of serum (thanks to the pipette) and apply it locally. Use it directly on the imperfection to be treated. Let it dry for a few seconds and then apply your usual night cream or oil. Generally, the first results are visible after three days of use.

Salicylic Acid in Hair Care.

Thanks to its keratolytic properties, salicylic acid reduces the flakes on the scalp and effectively treats dandruff. It brings shine and brilliance to the hair and makes it easier to style.

European regulations authorize a slightly higher level of salicylic acid than defined for face care products. In fact, a shampoo can contain up to 3% salicylic acid.

To effectively eliminate dandruff, apply a salicylic acid-based shampoo to your wet hair. Massage the shampoo into your hair and leave it on for 3 minutes. Rinse your hair thoroughly with clear water.


  • RÈGLEMENT (CE) No 1223/2009 DU PARLEMENT EUROPÉEN ET DU CONSEIL du 30 novembre 2009 relatif aux produits cosmétiques.


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