There are many annoying skin conditions that people often have to learn to live with throughout their lives. There’s a small mercy in the fact that not everyone has to fight psoriasis, a lifelong skin condition, but there is a condition that everyone does have to fight: acne. Most of us have to focus intensely on trying to stave off and suppress acne through our teenage years. Skin tends to clear up some after adolescence and people can relax a bit more. This isn’t even the end for most people though. Acne can come back in several forms depending on how people take care of their skin and depending on hormone cycles. With this in mind, OROGOLD wanted to highlight the utility of salicylic acid when it comes to fighting, containing, and controlling acne.
A Family of Fighters
Salicylic acid is a hydroxy acid. These acids are commonly used in skin cleaners and products specifically devoted to controlling acne. Most hydroxy acids used in skin care are alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs). They do a decent job, but aren’t as potent as salicylic acid, a beta hydroxy acid (BHA). Salicylic acid has the same benefits as its siblings, but the increased effectiveness makes using it to fight acne a better choice for many skin types. Acne’s presence is often due to several factors for most people. Products that are too specialized won’t treat all the reasons and as a result the breakout will continue. Salicylic acid offers coverage for most major skin issues that lead acne that aren’t directly tied into physical health and cycles.
One of the best properties of salicylic acid is its ability to cut through your skin’s natural oils. These oils offer your skin protection, but sometimes become a problem. People with oily and problem skin are likely familiar with the visible issues of oily skin. It leaves you looking a bit unhealthy in addition to contributing to some skin issues. The oils are there to help insulate your skin from external grime and pollutants, but they can easily trap them as well. This gradually leads to the buildup of a dirty environment on your skin that can end up being preserved by layers of oil. It is in that environment that the bacteria that cause acne build up and begin to cause problems. OROGOLD has talked about how not all the bacteria are bad before, but the fact is that they all contribute to the problem. Dissolving away the oils helps destroy this environment.
Interesting, the acid has properties beyond dissolving away unhealthy buildup on your skin. Many people stop at the word acid and forget there is typically more to a compound that just one aspect. Salicylic acid is actually a known anti-inflammatory agent as well. This actually helps with its primary aspect though. The dissolving abilities of the acid also work on dead skin. It can eventually reach living skin and cause a degree of irritation. This varies from person to person, but the harm isn’t lasting as long as you’re following a product’s instructions. At the same time that you’re feeling an unpleasant light burn, the acid is getting into your skin and soothing it. You may notice a light redness that fades quickly after your use a product with salicylic acid. That combination of irritation and quick recovery is due to this mix of traits.
Salicylic acid is one of the best ingredients for controlling acne breakouts. The skin care industry uses its so extensively that most products clearly advertise its use. Despite this reliability, OROGOLD would like to highlight that salicylic acid is not suitable for all skin types. People with sensitive skin should try products utilizing a less potent active ingredient just to be on the safe side. Using one of these products won’t necessarily permanently damage your skin, but they will be comparatively unpleasant on sensitive skin. Everyone else simply needs to check the directions on their product and remember that it will take time for the acne to be suppressed and contained.