Salicylic Acid is the latter - a BHA - which means it’s lipid soluble and can penetrate the pores, as well as working on the skins surface. Why does the distinction matter? Well, BHAs penetrate into pores to shed the dead skin cells more readily than their water-soluble sisters, like lactic or glycolic acids, which work on the skin’s surface.
As a skin care devotee, you like to stay ahead of the curve on ingredients. When it comes to skin exfoliation, there are three classes of acids we focus on: alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), poly hydroxy acids (PHAs, AHAs’ more sensitive little sister) and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs).
Salicylic Acid exfoliates skin
Once Salicylic Acid sinks in, it gets to work dissolving the bonds between dead skin cells, increasing skin cell turnover to reveal new surface skin cells and leaving the complexion looking renewed.
It improves skin's texture
Particularly effective for those with blemish-prone skin, Salicylic Acid evens out the skin tone, reduces the appearance of wrinkles and can help fade dark spots. It leaves the skin looking smooth and soft.
It reduces pores
Salicylic Acid helps to regulate the over-production of oil in the skin and, via exfoliation, to remove the dirt and grime that clog pores. It helps reduce pores’ size, and prevents problematic breakouts to give you a healthy looking complexion.
Why we think you'll love it
Salicylic Acid is a potent multipurpose BHA, so those prone to blemishes will benefit most.
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