Skin care has its share of reliable ingredients. These turn up in product after product to offer their benefits and help contain the various issues that can plague the skin. One of the most useful is salicylic acid. Its is the beta hydroxy acid most commonly used in skin care. Sometimes called a “BHA” to make sure it is recognizably related to alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) like glycolic and citric acid, salicylic acid is capable of effectively cleansing and chemically exfoliating the skin. Its effectiveness means sometimes it is hard to know what products the compound is most effective in. With that in mind, it’s time to look into its use in cleansers.
Beta Hydroxy Power
One of the best things about salicylic acid is that it is more potent than its AHA cousins. It provides a logical step up for anyone who isn’t getting enough out of an AHA product without needing to try a wildly different product. Both are capable of dissolving the natural oils of your skin and the grime that can get stuck in them. This makes them very useful for offering rapid, quick, and effective cleansing. However, AHAs need a bit more time to work than salicylic acid and are sometimes better suited for masks due to them taking more time to build up their effects. The quick application and removal of cleansers ends up being ideal for using salicylic acid thanks to this aspect. It begins to work quickly upon contact and in most products you can feel its acting well within the first thirty seconds.
What Exactly Does It Do?
Its designation as an acid probably gives you a few pictures in your mind of what salicylic acid can do. Try to put those out of your mind as most products use highly diluted amounts that won’t harm your skin in the least as long as you use them according to the instructions. Salicylic acid, as previously stated, helps dissolve away problems. AHAs can do this as well, but they don’t do it nearly as effectively as salicylic acid. This is because of salicylic acid’s ability to effectively act as a chemical exfoliant. It can penetrate past the layers of oils and grime to the dead skin cells below. It dissolves away the connections between these dead cells to help allow your skin to release as much grime as possible effectively to ensure nothing dulls the shine of your cultivated beauty.
Is There A More Effective Use?
Much like AHAs, salicylic acid can be used for masks as well. Most of the time these are actually peeling products. They are meant to rest on the skin for an extended period to allow the products time to fully do what they need to do to the skin. Naturally, these often have heightened effectiveness next to a cleanser. You shouldn’t be peeling as frequently as you cleanse though. Salicylic acid cleansers are a highly effective and, depending on the concentration, potentially daily way to keep the oil of your skin controlled. It makes them a must for anyone with oily, acne-prone skin.
Salicylic acid cleansers are a good thing type of product to consider incorporating into your skin care routine. Using them even occasionally in place of a normal cleanser can help protect your skin from acne by providing an extra strength cleanse as necessary. You should be careful about using such products if you have dry skin though. Salicylic acid can dry out even normal skin if the person using it in a product forgets to moisturize. So remember to cleanse effectively, and don’t forget to moisturize effectively afterwards.