Skincare ingredients are so confusing! Let’s break it down. Today…Salicylic Acid.
What Is It?
Salicylic Acid, aka Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA), exfoliates the skin and fights spots and acne. Found in skincare in concentrations of 0.5 – 2%.
What Does It Do?
Like AHAs, it exfoliates the skin, but then does something extra. It penetrates the skin to exfoliate the insides of your pores. Plus it’s an anti-irritant and anti-inflammatory. This treats existing spots and prevents breakouts.
What’s It In?
Face wash, cleansers, spot treatment products, serum, peels.
- Bareminerals Blemish Remedy Anti-Imperfection Treatment Gelee Cleanser, £17.
- Una Brennan Superfacialist Salicylic Acid Purifying Cleansing Wash, £7.99.
- Origins Super Spot Remover, £15.
When To Use?
Depends on the concentration and product type. Usually after cleansing, pre everything else.
Increases sensitivity to sun, so use with SPF if applied of a morning.
Avoid during pregnancy.
Now you know your AHAs from your BHA!
Next time…Hyaluronic Acid.