Salicylic Acid

An oil soluble BHA (beta hydroxy acid) known for its exfoliating properties, sweeping away dead skin cells while also reducing inflammation. Since it is oil soluble, it is able to penetrate and exfoliate within the pore, making it effective for reducing clogged pores, the visibility of pores, and breakouts overall.

Salicylic acid is also recognized as a safe and effective over-the-counter topical acne treatment by the U.S. FDA when used at 0.5-2% potency. Consistent use keeps acne and blemishes at bay and can also improve the appearance of skin dullness and dark spots.

“A little known fact about salicylic acid is that it is not only suited for oily, acne prone skin, but can also be beneficial for people with melasma, rosacea, and very sensitive skin. This is because the chemical structure is very similar to aspirin, one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory molecules in medicine, and therefore can help to calm inflamed skin and reduce redness.” 

- Dr. Whitney Bowe, Board-Certified Dermatologist, Scientist, CEO + Founder

Resources
https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/Salicylic-acid
https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/omuf/OTC%20Monograph_M006-Topical%20Acne%20drug%20products%20for%20OTC%20Human%20Use%2011.23.2021.pdf
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/exd.13934
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