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When To Use Salicylic Acid?

When To Use Salicylic Acid?

For skin prone to imperfections or impurities, the use of salicylic acid is recommended. This organic element is found in willow bark, from which it takes its name, but also in many fruits and vegetables such as tomatoes, melons, raspberries, grapes, apricots, cucumbers, spinach, etc... When is it best to use this active ingredient and how often?

The Benefits of Salicylic Acid.

Salicylic acid has many benefits for skin care. Because of its sebum-regulating and antiseptic properties, it is particularly recommended for treating imperfections and eliminating impurities. It inhibits the proliferation of harmful micro-organisms on the surface of the skin, such as Cutibacterium acnes, the bacteria that cause inflammatory reactions in acne. Its keratolytic properties regenerate the skin, eliminate flakes and stimulate cell renewal. The pores are tightened and the complexion illuminated. Finally, its soothing properties calm the pain sometimes associated with acne outbreaks and reduce unsightly redness.

In hair care, salicylic acid cleanses the scalp and helps eliminate any flakes and dandruff that may be present. It can also be used to restore shine to dull and broken hair.

When to Apply a Salicylic Acid Product?

Under the effect of UV rays, skin care products formulated with salicylic acid can cause skin reactions and irritation. It is therefore recommended to apply a salicylic acid product during your evening routine, before bedtime, to avoid exposure. In the morning, choose a product with sun protection to protect your skin from the harmful effects of UV rays. In any case, to keep beautiful skin, it is advised to avoid any excessive exposure to the sun.

Salicylic Acid: A Treatment or a Beauty Routine?

Depending on the concentration in the product, this active ingredient can be used either as a treatment over a limited period of time or as a daily care product during your evening beauty routine. European regulations limit the salicylic acid content to 2% in facial care products.

Concentrated at 1% or less, a salicylic acid product can be applied every night to a clean, dry face before bedtime. It will stimulate cell renewal, eliminate dead cells and restore the complexion's radiance and luminosity.

Beyond 1%, it is preferable to use this active ingredient as a treatment over a limited period of time. It is applied locally, on the imperfections, the evening before the bedtime. The first results can be observed after three days.

Our Salicylic Acid Treatments.

Typology offers two treatments concentrated in salicylic acid to fight effectively against imperfections and give back to the skin its radiance and luminosity.

To be used as a treatment over a limited period of time, this serum enriched with salicylic acid (2%) and zinc (1%) is applied locally to a targeted blemish. Generally, one drop of serum is enough to treat an isolated pimple. Generally, the first results are visible after three days of use.

Concentrated in anti-bacterial and purifying active ingredients to awaken the complexion, this toner fits perfectly into an evening beauty routine. Using a cotton pad, apply it to the entire face after cleansing. Make sure to avoid the eye area, and apply preferably in the evening, before your usual night cream. It limits the development of bacteria and refines the skin texture.


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