Acids are one of the most effective ingredients to add to your skincare routine so they should go to the top of your list. Salicylic acid is a great place to start as not only is it great at tackling blemishes, but it’s also anti-inflammatory and ideal for both sensitive and oily skin types. Here’s everything you need to know…
What is Salicylic acid?
Salicylic acid is a chemical exfoliant derived from a natural plant hormone and can help make way for fresh new skin cells by removing old cells, cleaning away excess sebum and oil in the process. This makes it great at tackling blemish-prone skin and oily complexions that become congested easily.
How does Salicylic Acid work?
There are two types of acids: AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids) such as glycolic acid that target the top layer of the skin, and BHAs (beta hydroxy acids) that are water soluble so reach more deeper into the skin’s surface. This is what makes it so great at clearing away congestion and blemishes over time.
Can Salicylic Acid be used on sensitive skin?
Salicylic acid has soothing benefits so it can help to calm the skin. Just make sure you’re using it alongside other sensitive products and don’t mix it with any other acids. A patch test is always recommended too if your skin is particularly reactive.
Can you use Salicylic Acid when pregnant?
As Salicylic Acid is a BHA that penetrates the deeper layers of the skin, it’s not usually advised to use when pregnant or breastfeeding. Speak to your doctor or dermatologist about alternatives you can use during this time.
What products include Salicylic Acid?
Salicylic acid cleanser
Our Normaderm Phytosolution Purifying Cleansing Gel features Salicylic Acid along with Zinc Gluconate and helps reduce excess oil and cleanse away pollution from the skin. When used every day, morning and evening, with warm water, this gentle cleanser will help to promote the appearance of clearer skin by clearing impurities from the pores and removing blackheads.
Salicylic acid toner
Normaderm’s Purifying Astringent Lotion uses a three-in-one action to help reduce the appearance of the pores and shine. It does this with exfoliating Salicylic Acid and Glycolic Acid which help to refine the texture of the skin and eliminate impurities. Apply it freshly cleansed and dry skin using a cotton pad before following with your usual serum and moisturiser.
Salicylic acid moisturiser
Our award-winning Normaderm Phytosolution Double Correction Daily Care with 2% Salicylic acid is the perfect way to make this key dermatological ingredient a part of your everyday regime. Suitable for oily and blemish-prone skin, this daily moisturiser has a really hydrating yet lightweight texture that absorbs quickly into the skin without adding any excess oil. It can help to reduce the appearance of imperfections, enhance the skin’s natural barrier function and help to protect the complexion from pollution.