What Are the Benefits of Salicylic Acid for the Skin?
Salicylic acid is an ingredient used in both skincare and medicine. It’s especially recommended for its anti-imperfection benefits, as it leaves your skin purified and healthy. Let’s learn about the benefits of this highly effective active ingredient.
Our Selection of Products Made with Salicylic Acid
What Is Salicylic Acid?
Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid (B.H.A.), known for its keratolytic properties which help with desquamation (getting rid of dead skin cells).
It was discovered in 1829 by a pharmacist, Pierre-Joseph Leroux, and is now used in both skincare and medicine. In fact, aspirin is synthesized from salicylic acid.
What Are the Benefits of Salicylic Acid for Your Skin?
Salicylic acid is known for its keratolytic properties, or its ability to soften the stratum corneum and loosen dead skin cells. It stimulates skin cell renewal, brightening dull and tired skin.
It also has astringent, regenerative and antiseptic properties. Salicylic acid prevents the growth and spread of fungi, viruses and bacteria, like Cutibacterium acnes, the microorganism responsible for acne breakouts.
Its soothing properties help it to tackle inflammation. Salicylic acid works by involving itself in the arachidonic acid cascade to inhibit the synthesis of prostaglandins E2, which are responsible for pain and inflammation.
Salicylic acid is known for its ability to stimulate collagen production, helping to reduce the signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles.
Finally, its sebum-regulating properties help to unclog pores, and avoid spots and blackheads.
Please note: Per the European regulations for cosmetic products, a skincare product for the face must not contain more than 2% salicylic acid. It causes photosensitivity, so is recommended for evening use only.
Our Toner and Serum with Salicylic Acid
At Typology, we have designed two products containing salicylic acid:
Our purifying toner contains 1% salicylic acid, which cleanses your pores and exfoliates the dead skin cells that can lead to imperfections. Along with zinc, its antibacterial properties help to limit the development of microorganisms, which helps to reduce spots, and its sebum-regulating action reduces sebum secretion. The toner also contains soothing ingredients like rose centifolia hydrolate and aloe vera, because salicylic acid can cause mild discomfort or tightness. To use it, soak a reusable cotton pad with the toner and sweep it across your whole face, from the center to the edges, avoiding the eye contour. You can use it morning and evening, just after cleansing your skin, to rebalance your skin’s pH and to get rid of any limescale residue from the water you used to rinse your face. Let the toner dry for a few seconds before finishing off your skincare routine.
Our targeted blemish serum contains 2% salicylic acid. It also contains zinc, for its sebum-regulating and antimicrobial properties. Use it locally in small quantities after applying your other serums. Usually one drop is enough for one spot. You’ll start to see results after three days. It can cause some sensitivity, so we recommend using it in the evening only.
To shop our skincare products with salicylic acid, and the rest of our ranges, take a quick tour around our site.
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