What Salicylic Acid does and Myths debunked!
Many people do not know too much about salicylic acid and its many uses in your skincare regime. We have gathered three of the most popular myths out there regarding this gentle exfoliant. Salicylic acid is a beta-hydroxy acid that encourages your skin to carry out its own exfoliation process. It can penetrate deep into your pores and clear out excess oil, dead skin and pollutions which irritate your skin and lead to blemishes. So now that we understand what salicylic acid is and what it does for your skin lets talk about some misconceived condemnation attached to this amazing skincare product.
Myth 1: Salicylic acid will burn my skin!
Generally speaking, If you feel a burning sensation after the application of a product containing salicylic acid this could be a sign your skin is already irritated. You may feel a slight tingle/burning sensation when applying creams or cleansers containing salicylic acid, however these sensations are usually mild and only last while the product is on your skin.
Myth 2: Salicylic acid will give me wrinkles!
No, salicylic acid will not give you more wrinkles. If your skin is feeling tight and dry, you may just be using your salicylic acid product more frequently then your skin needs. If you are looking in the mirror and noticing more wrinkles in your skin it may just be because your skin is dehydrated. It is important to read the instructions on the bottle before use and adjust to your own skin needs.
Myth 3: salicylic acid is only for individuals with acne!
While salicylic acid is vastly used in the treatment of acne, it can be used for a wide variety of other skin problems. Salicylic acid can also be used to treat psoriasis, eczema, dandruff, warts, and verruca’s as this acid effectively breaks down dead skin cell build up on the skins surface to keep these conditions under control. Salicylic acid can also help in the treatment of hyperpigmentation on the skin and to even out your skin tine.
Always use chemical exfoliants like salicylic acid with care. If you are cleaning your skin in the morning with a salicylic acid cleanser always follow up with a SPF. People who are allergic to NSAIDs (ie. Aspirin, ibuprofen) should avoid using products that contain salicylic acid. That being said, if you are okay to use salicylic acid in your skincare routine it can be an amazing product and can really help to clear up problem skin.