You probably have a vague idea that salicylic acid is a common ingredient in pimple-fighting products. But, that’s barely scratching the surface. Here are the many reasons why it’s so effective.

1. Anti-inflammatory

Salicylic acid contains a chemical composition similar to aspirin that is has an anti-inflammatory effect. That really angry red, super-obvious pimple on your cheek can vanish by applying salicylic acid on it by decrease swelling and speed up healing.

2. Cleans out pores

Salicylic acid dissolves clogging residue that causes acne, whiteheads and blackheads. It keeps pores clean, in effect making them look tighter.

3. Evens out skin

It safely removes dead skin cells to reveal new, healthier, clearer complexion. It also helps speed up the skin’s natural process of fading dark spots and skin discoloration from old scars.

4. Banishes greasiness

One of this ingredient’s best benefits is it draws excess oil out of the pores and makes skin less shiny and even slows down oil production over time.

5. Fights germs

Since it has antibacterial properties, it is actually used to treat a variety of skin issues.

6. Spot-treats zits, but softens skin.

Salicylic acid has a soothing and calming effect and can treat acne without drying skin. It actually helps eliminate flakiness and dry patches over time, as it clears up dulling, dead skin cells.

7. Prevents new breakouts

By killing pimple-causing bacteria in your pores, it prevents further breakouts or at least decreases the number of zits that form, making them less frequent and noticeable.

8. Clears body acne

Not only applicable to your face but you can also use it to help dissolve bacne and pimples in other areas of your body, too.

9. It’s mild, but effective

Some acids tend to sting and cause reddening, but salicylic acid only leaves your skin with a tingling sensation post-application. You can use it even if you have supersensitive skin.

10. There’s no downtime

Don’t you just hate it when potent treatments with acid make your skin peel like crazy before it becomes smoother? Salicylic acid slowly but surely penetrates skin and treats the problem subtly and without irritating it and causing other problems.

 

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