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Salicylic Acid: The Hero of Acne Treatment


Salicylic acid is the secret weapon to beat breakouts with over-the-counter solutions. To put it simply, salicylic acid is acne's biggest enemy.  Looking for a spot treatment the minute you see a zit? Put this stuff on a blemish overnight and you might wake up in the morning to find your pimple is dried up and almost gone. Here's what you need to know about this amazing ingredient.

🧪 What is Salicylic Acid? ⁠

Salicylic acid is a powerful spot treatment ingredient that helps the skin shed dead cells and decrease redness and inflammation. This decreases the number of pimples that form and speeds healing.⁠ The ultimate powerhouse of acne treatment.⁠ ⁠

Salicylic acid is derived from willow bark and belongs to a class of ingredients called salicylates. 

When it comes to skincare products, there are two classes of acids you'll see often: beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs). Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid.

🧪 What does Salicylic acid do for my skin?

Once it penetrates the skin, salicylic acid dissolves dead skin that clogs pores, calms inflammation, and helps zits and pustules go away faster.

It actually works so well that it breaks down the connections between skin cells,  dissolving some of the intracellular 'glue' that holds skin cells together. Don't worry, that sounds scary but it's actually quite gentle.

🧪 Salicylic acid is also an exfoliant.

This breaking down of skin cells promotes exfoliation. Salicylic acid is considered a keratolytic medication, which means that it's perfect for supreme exfoliation. Salicylic acid aids in removing and loosening these skin cells and helps to dissolve the blackheads.

🧪 Salicylic acid works best on blackheads and whiteheads.

Salicylic acid works on a variety of acne types. It's ideal for treating blackheads and whiteheads because it can directly dissolve the skin blockages and regulate the skin cells. It's also effective against cystic acne due to its antibacterial properties.

🧪 Why did we pick Salicylic Acid for Fade? ⁠

Salicylic acid is an effective treatment for acne that doesn’t have some of the drawbacks of benzoyl peroxide. If you've ever found your face towels stained or bleached, that could be from your benzoyl peroxide face wash. We've formulated Fade with dermatologists to have just enough salicylic acid to treat breakouts without irritating the skin. ⁠⁠

🧪 Where do you find Sal Acid? ⁠

You can find salicylic acid as an active ingredient in some face washes, spot treatments, and in Fade, our acne fader that treats and covers acne at the same time.

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