If you’ve used any over-the-counter acne treatment products, then it’s very likely that you’ve used salicylic acid at some stage.
But most people know very little about this important chemical, including what it does and how it does it. Also, it can agitate the skin – which not many people are aware of.
So in this article I am going to give you a quick overview of this chemical that is found in a lot of over-the-counter products.
Firstly, salicylic acid isn’t just used for acne and spot treatments. It’s widely used for many other conditions such as corns and calluses.
Because of its ability to break things down, it’s useful for all kinds of spots such as whiteheads and blackheads. It also helps to stop acne forming, because the acid slows down the process of skin cells shedding.
But it isn’t always suitable for everyone. Especially if you’re already using another type of product or medication that contains other chemicals, particularly benzoyl peroxide.
When you first use a product on your face that contains salicylic acid you may find that it stings a bit. For most people it isn’t too painful, but if it is painful then you should stop using the product immediately, and visit your doctor to find an alternative. For most people however, the stinging can be alleviated when you apply some moisturizer.
So in conclusion, over-the-counter acne treatments that contain salicylic acid are very popular, because they can work well. However, they aren’t for everyone. Some people have better success with benzoyl peroxide products, although salicylic acid products seem to be more popular over-the-counter.
If you are looking for a good medicated spot cream, then using something with salicylic acid is usually a good idea.
Liam Char is owner of the Acne Treatment Blog , where he talks about all aspects of treating and curing your acne. For more detailed advice on reducing your acne, as well as alternative acne treatment info, be sure to visit his blog right now.