There are enemies, and then there are sworn enemies. The dreaded acne also has an arch nemesis in the form of salicylic acid.
Have a zit? Apply salicylic acid to the spot. Blemish issues? Do the same and you’ll wake up in the morning with a pimple that has dried up and is much less noticeable.
To break it down for you, salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid. It’s structured in a way that makes it oil-soluble so that it can penetrate into the deep pores of the skin and unclog them. Well-known for reducing acne by exfoliating the skin and keeping the pores clear; it clears out breakouts and works best for mild acne (blackheads and whiteheads). This wondrous treatment can also help prevent future breakouts.
Scientifically, the reason one has acne in the first place is because when hair follicles (pores) get plugged with dead skin cells and oil, blackheads (open clogged pores), whiteheads (closed clogged pores), or pimples (pustules) emerge. In turn, salicylic acid penetrates into the skin and works to dissolve the dead skin cells clogging the pores. Although there’s no complete cure for acne, salicylic acid has been shown to help clear up breakouts for many people. However, due to the depth of the follicles, it can take several weeks of use to see salicylic acid’s full effect.
One of the best ways to incorporate salicylic acid into your routine is by using a face cleanser that contains a concentration. The Océglōw Intense Hydration Cream Cleanser has an effective yet gentle formula that uses 1.8% salicylic acid. It’s known for removing makeup, exfoliating, and cleansing, all in one, while smoothing the skin’s texture and maintaining its natural moisture. It is also infused with aquamarine extracts to nourish as well as calm irritation. The potent cleanser melts into the skin to lift away dirt, grime, and impurities without stripping the skin of vital oils. It also releases particles that create an optimal skin environment, supporting the skin’s innate renewal processes. All you have to do is dampen the face and hands with tepid water, dispense a small amount to create lather, then gently massage in an upward, circular motion. Once you have applied it vigorously, just rinse it with cold water. Do this twice a day, in the morning and at night, and you’re all set.
One thing to be careful of is quantity. You can actually use too much salicylic acid. Its primary negative side effect is its ability to irritate and dry out the skin of those who are very sensitive or those who overuse it. One might see this in the form of dryness, peeling, redness, or some skin irritation. Of course, anything in excess tends to be harmful, so it’s important to pace yourself. It’s also not recommended if you are pregnant or taking certain medications, including blood thinners.
Most salicylic acid cleansers have a concentration of around two percent, making the gentleness of Océglōw’s Cream Cleanser evident. It thus works for all skin types, unlike some salicylic acid-based products that are recommended for oily skin. With a record history of treating various skin disorders for more than 2,000 years, salicylic acid’s abilities are undeniable, and it should unquestionably be a part of your skin-care routine. Trust the science; you’ll thank us later.