Salicylic Acid

Get to Know Salicylic Acid

Anyone who has ever had acne is familiar with the topical ingredient salicylic acid. But what exactly is this skincare ingredient and why do you want it in your acne treatment products? Here’s the scoop: Salicylic acid is an excellent skin exfoliator and it’s an anti-inflammatory ingredient. You need an exfoliating ingredient when you have acne because the skin cells of those with acne have a tendency to generate very quickly and then get stuck in the hair follicles, which clogs pores. We all know what happens when the pore clogs—pimples! Another amazing property of salicylic acid is that it reduces inflammation, so it calms and soothes the skin. Salicylic acid is very similar in chemical makeup to acetylsalicylic acid, which you may know better as the anti-inflammatory drug called aspirin. Salicylic acid is able to penetrate the hair follicles and help get rid of any cellular debris that might get caught inside and lead to acne breakouts. Salicylic acid is well-tolerated by most skin types, as it’s known to irritate the skin less than some other popular over the counter acne remedies.

Clear Clinic Labs’ Top Salicylic Acid Skincare Products

Because of the amazing acne-clearing properties of salicylic acid, we have chosen to use it as a top ingredient in many of our clinical-grade, acne skincare products. Here’s a look at our products formulated with salicylic acid:

  • clearME Pads, one of our best-selling products, contains an equal combination of salicylic acid and glycolic acid, to aid in the exfoliating and complexion clearing process. These pads are designed to be used on the skin post-cleansing every night. Our patients can’t get enough of these great pads!
  • vanished is our pocket-sized spot treatment. It goes on clear, which makes it perfect for every day use over and under makeup. We recommend using this spot treatment as soon as you feel a pimple starting to form, as it will shorten the lifespan of any blemish.
  • Our uniquely formulated SAS (Serious Action Serum) contains a proprietary blend of botanical ingredients, such as manuka oil as well as salicylic acid. This complexion refining product shrinks pores and helps minimize oil.

Tips for Using Salicylic Acid

As with all acne-fighting active ingredients in skincare, salicylic acid can sometimes cause redness. If you are using too many products containing salicylic acid, we suggest cutting back to one product with salicylic acid and using gentle, oil-free products for the rest of your skincare regimen. Foamy gentle foaming cleanser from our line is the perfect way to minimize irritation on your skin, as it balances out the harsher ingredients you are using in your treatment products. When using products with salicylic acid, it’s important to make sure you are moisturizing properly. prep & soothe moisturizer from Clear Clinic Labs contains gentle ingredients that will hydrate the skin without clogging the pores. We recommend applying a light layer every morning and night.