All About Skincare Ingredient Salicylic Acid – Beta Hydroxy Acid
Know all about salicylic acid which is a beta-hydroxy acid. Salicylic acid may definitely ring a bell if you’ve ever used any over-the-counter acne product.
Salicylic acid derived from?
Natural Salicylic acid is derived from the bark of willow trees It is oil soluble making it perfect for oily and combination skin.
How does Salicylic acid works?
Salicylic acid works on the skin’s surface to exfoliate but it also moves deeper into the pore to break up the sebum and help unclog it. It also helps to calm redness and inflammation. This ability of salicylic acid to calm inflammation also allows it to fight against inflamed pimples and lesions that have become infected.
Another popular option is Lipo hydroxy acid or LHA
It is basically a synthetic beta hydroxy acid which is a derivative of salicylic acid. Basically it’s been modified to be more gentle yet effective for sensitive skin.
What beta hydroxy acids do?
- They unclog pores because they are lipid soluble.
- They reduce whiteheads and blackheads.
- They brighten and even out your skin tone.
- They are usually used as anti-acne medications or for exfoliation in oily and combination skin types.
How are BHAs different from AHAs?
The main difference of course is that AHAs are water soluble and BHAs are oil soluble.
How do you use BHAs?
- Choose a BHAs when you have oily skin or you’re looking to fight the signs of aging.
- Choose one product either a cleanser or a leave-on product but never use both because you do not want the skin to get irritated or dry.
- Now if you have oily skin but they are not really plagued with acne opt for a BHA cleanser maybe three times a week or even once a day but if you are more trying to combat blackheads and unclog pores a leave-on BHA product such as a serum would be a better option.
- Start slowly and make sure you do a test patch first.
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