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Salicylic acid is the word on every Beauty Editor’s lips at the moment. Dubbed the class-A cure to acne and other inflammatory skin complaints, everyone wants to get their mitts on it. But how does it actually work? We’ve broken it down for you…
What is it?
“Poppy Pimpleton: Hey Fran, how do you get your face so smooth?
Flawless Franny: Salicylic acid facials, Pops
Poppy Pimpleton: Damn, I need one of those…”
If it’s not already, make salicylic acid your best mate. It breaks down the glue that sticks dead skin cells together and to your pores, as well as shimmying along excess grease too. It’s also an anti-inflammatory and anti-irritant, so it’s great at calming down angry skin (if we could do an emoji here it would be the fist pump!).
Who needs it?
It’s not just for those struggling with acne, even if you just have the odd spot or a few niggling blackheads it’s your man. It’s particularly good for adult acne as it gently cleans out pores without stripping skin, meaning wrinkles won’t crop up.
Where do we find it?
To scoff: Blueberries, apricots, green peppers and mushrooms are high in salicylic acid.
To smother: Look out for it in serums (which delve deeper in the skin) as well as moisturisers, cleansers and toners. You can also get a salicylic acid facial too to speed things along.
When should it go on our face?
Daily, but keep an eye on when your spots pop up. If you notice they’ve come over night, apply a salicylic serum or moisturiser before bed. If they crop up during the day, pop it on first thing in the morning.
If your skin is very dry or super sensitive, as it can be a tad on the drying side.