Salicylic Acid is one of the most common ingredients of the ointments that are available in the market for the treatment of acne, especially if you the oily skin. Salicylic acid is an effective treatment option for acne. However, the ointment that you are using must have the right concentration of salicylic acid to offer relief from acne. Let us try to find out as what salicylic acid does to your skin that helps in getting rid of acne.

What Does Salicylic Acid Do for Acne?

What Does Salicylic Acid Do for Acne?

Salicylic acid acts like the aspirin to reduce the inflammation. It is very much like an exfoliant ingredient that works on redness and other signs of inflammation to open up the clogged pores. As we already mentioned above, it is very important that pH level and concentration of the acid is chosen correctly to enjoy the best results. All ointments or products that are available for the treatment of acne have clearly marked instructions. Follow all the instructions carefully for quick results.

Salicylic acid works as good remedy to get reduce pain and inflammation. It is believed to contain a special type of vitamin, named as Vitamin S. It removes the body from pain improving the circulation of blood in the body or specific areas of the skin. When applied directly on the skin, it reduces the amount of fatty compound such as skin oil that can lead to clogging of pores. It is an excellent therapy for breaking down the fat-like structures responsible for causing acne. For the facial acne, the concentration of just 2% of salicylic acid is enough for effective treatment. In the case of acne occurring in other parts of the body, higher concentration of up to 10% of salicylic acid may be required to treat acne.

Salicylic acid works as an excellent scrubbing agent when applied directly on the skin in the form of ointments. The best part is that it does not damage tiny blood vessels or ruptures pores. It offers a variety of advantages to provide you healthy skin free of acne or other disorders. It helps in opening up the skin pores by getting rid of the dead cells from the surface. It accelerates the growth of new cells, helping in the replacement of dead and worn out cells from the skin surface. Collagen is an essential element for ensuring good skin. Salicylic acid increases the production of collagen to improve skin health and glow. Salicylic acid also prevents the skin from losing its colour.

There are several types of alpha-hydroxy acids that are used in the treatment of skin care ointments. Salicylic acid is a beta-hydroxy acid and is the only one that is used in skin treatment ointments. The advantages offered by salicylic acid are pretty much the same as offered by the combination of glycolic and lactic acid without needing high concentration. Most treatment products from acne that are available in the market consist of 30 percent of alpha-hydroxy acids. Salicylic acid can deliver the same results by using it is much lower concentration as low as 0.5 percent. The maximum concentration of salicylic acid does not exceed 2%. Some people can stop using salicylic acid as soon as the acne is cleared off. However, it can be a mistake that can lead to clogging of pores again and reoccurrence of acne.

Salicylic acid is a wonderful treatment option when used in small concentrations in combination with other substances. The best part is that it does not require to be used in large concentration. It has a soothing effect on skin and does not cause irritation like most other skin care and treatment products.

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Written, Edited or Reviewed By:

, MD, FFARCSI

Last Modified On: July 20, 2017

Pain Assist Inc.

Pramod Kerkar
  Note: Information provided is not a substitute for physician, hospital or any form of medical care. Examination and Investigation is necessary for correct diagnosis.

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