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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Review: What Does Salicylic Acid Do for Acne?

I'm an acne prone guy so and I admit that even before I used to have a lot of pimples that caused me to seek my dermatologist. I was afraid to try it at first like everyone else who are new to derma treatments. I just sucked it up for the sake of beauty cos I needed to. I spent a lot should I say but it was all worth it. Now I still use my not all but some of my derma products because it's really very effective.

One of my favorite secret creams is my SA Cream or the Salicylic Acid cream which really works if not overnight, an acne won't last for too long with this unlike any other generic brands. It keeps my skin glow and feel so flawless. My dermatologist now suggested that I should use it not only during the night but even before putting anything on my face of course to prevent dirt and acne. 

Unlike any primer or moisturizers the good thing about it is that aside from the pinkish white glow that other generic brands claim, but it suits as well your skin with the menthol feeling at the same time it cures and prevents pimples from occurring.

To further know here are some facts about Salicylic Acid courtesy of

What Does Salicylic Acid Do for Acne?
Salicylic acid is a common ingredient in over-the-counter acne medications. It works by promoting the shedding of dead skin cells that would otherwise block pores and cause pimples. It's extremely effective, but may have unintended side effects for people with sensitive skin. It can over-dry the skin and cause mild redness and irritation.

How it Works
Salicylic acid is a mild acid that works by encouraging the sloughing of dead skin cells. The skin is constantly renewing itself by producing new skin cells and shedding the old, dead ones. Acne is caused by overactive sebaceous glands producing excess sebum. Sebum and dead skin cells clog the pores and create blackheads. Salicylic acid helps keep the pores clear. It also reduces swelling and inflammation of the skin, thereby improving its appearance.


Salicylic acid is found in many over-the-counter acne treatments, from face washes to lotions, creams and medicated pads. You can even buy makeup that contains salicylic acid. The concentration varies from 0.5 percent to 2 percent. Any more than that, and the skin would dry out too much. People with sensitive skin should stick to products with lower concentrations of salicylic acid.


Salicylic acid is extremely effective at treating and preventing acne. It must be used continuously, even after the skin has cleared. As soon as you stop using it, the symptoms will most likely come back. It is a treatment, not a cure for acne.

Side Effects

The side effects of salicylic acid are usually mild. They include dryness, redness and irritation. You can prevent them by switching to a product with a lower concentration of salicylic acid or by using a moisturizing lotion. You can buy moisturizers that already contain salicylic acid, especially designed not to over-dry the skin.


Like all mediation, salicylic acid may interact negatively with other products. Be sure to follow the instructions on the packaging. Don't use several different acne medications at once without first consulting with a doctor. Salicylic acid may make your skin extra sensitive to the sun and to makeup and facial treatments. If you experience severe side effects, discontinue the use of the salicylic acid product and see a doctor.

*Thinking about throwing up your old skin care? Don't rush. You should ask your dermatologist first before trying this. We all don't have the same skin types. And it includes the effectiveness of it to your skin type. With the all the precautions and side effects it must be all considered carefully during the observation. You will know if it'll work for your skin type too! ;D

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