The world of acid-based skincare products is extremely complex.
We’ve already covered how to effectively cleanse blemish-prone skin using Salicylic Acid based products, but we’ve only just started to scratch the surface with regards to the skincare benefits of this unique Beta-Hydroxy Acid (BHA).
Alpha Hydroxy Acids – e.g. Glycolic Acid and Lactic Acid, are frequently featured within anti-blemish ranges as they’re gentle by nature but work hard to thoroughly exfoliate the skin. As the only BHA used in modern skincare, Salicylic Acid has gained a reputation for its exfoliating nature, and results of using this acid (in controlled measures) are often compared to using AHAs.
An introduction to Salicylic Acid
Did you know, the first instance of Salicylic Acid was derived from a carbohydrate sourced from willow bark? Salix is the Latin definition for willow trees, which explains the origin of this BHA’s name.
Used in modern skincare formulations (whether leave-on treatments or wash-away products) to help remove excess oils and decrease blemishes, this powerful BHA helps to open-up pores to deep-cleanse.
Finding the right pH balance is essential for this ingredient to work its wonders though, which is exactly why we’ve included a recommended level (no higher than 0.5%) of Salicylic Acid within each of our products, allowing you to mix-and-match our Anti-Blemish range, safely AND effectively.
While Aspirin and Salicylic Acid are not to be confused, both medicines provide similar functionalities, e.g. pain and inflammation relief, which is why they are often directly scientifically compared.
How does Salicylic Acid benefit skin?
If you have blemish-prone, combination or oily skin, Salicylic Acid could be hugely beneficial, as a Salicylic Acid based treatment can go above and beyond your go-to scrub as far as exfoliation is concerned.
While applying a small concentration of this BHA predominantly helps to open pores and deep-cleanse the skin, it also increases cell turnover, decreases discoloration and pigmentation, reduces scarring, promotes collagen production and generally increases the tightness of skin.
Another benefit of using a mild percentage of Salicylic Acid in your existing skincare regime is that the BHA can in fact boost the benefits of other active ingredients, without increasing irritation in the skin, making it an ideal addition to anti-blemish treatments.
Which products should I use?
Whether you’re looking for a wash-off cleanser, exfoliating scrub, 5-minute mask or leave-on serum, we’ve formulated a complete regime of products, so you can easily combine the range or use individual products, dependant on how oily your skin is.
Looking to slowly introduce the anti-blemish range to your skincare regime?
The good news is, the Vitamin C range has been formulated to not only brighten dull skin, but also smooth texture and even-out pigmentation, making it an ideal choice for combination and blemish-prone skin.