It’s long been a buzzword in skincare, but how much do you actually know about salicylic acid?
To get technical, it’s part of the Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHA) family. BHAs are oil-soluble, as opposed to water-soluble Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs). While AHAs work well to exfoliate the skin’s surface, BHAs penetrate deeper into the skin, getting all up in your pores and dissolving all the nasty stuff for a deep clean.
Derived from the willow bark plant, salicylic acid is commonly hailed as the numero uno weapon against acne due to its effectiveness in targeting dead skin and excessive oil. It also contains anti-inflammatory properties that soothe redness, fade scarring and balance overall oil production.
Currently, the market is inundated with salicylic acid cleansers so we’ve done you a solid and rounded up the top 10 contenders that cater to various skin types…
The acid expert; Since this brand first hit the scene, they’ve come to be known as the experts in acid.
Their award-winning formulas are designed to purify, exfoliate and calm the skin, banishing breakouts without stripping away natural oil levels.
Clear Skin Daily Face and Body Wash
Specifically designed to combat infection, pimples and pustules while reducing inflammation and red blemishes, this invigorating gel cleanser deep cleans, cools and purifies the skin. Aromatic Thyme, Tea Tree and Eucalyptus minimise bacteria whilst Willowbark and Vitamin B3 work to reduce excess oil, pore congestion and comedones.