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Salicylic Acid

In the battle against acne, there are a few ingredients you should know about. Salicylic acid is definitely the one ingredient that should be in your skin routine if you struggle with breakouts. 

Here is everything you need to know about salicylic acid, including the best Korean salicylic acid products we curated for you. 

What is salicylic acid?

Salicylic acid is derived from willow bark, and it belongs to a class of ingredients called salicylates.  It is a beta-hydroxy acid (BHAs) and like alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) it is an acid with exfoliating properties.

Furthermore, alpha and beta hydroxy acids exfoliate the skin, but AHAs are water-soluble, while BHAs are oil soluble. So let’s talk about those a little bit more.

What are the differences between an AHA and a BHA?

AHAs and BHA are acids impact skin condition in a different way. AHAs are water-soluble acids and they work on the surface of the skin. They remove dead skin cells revealing more radiant skin. BHA is oil-soluble has the ability to remove dead skin cells but also go deeper and dissolves impurities and excess sebum that leads to breakouts.

What does salicylic acid do for the skin?

Salicylic acid for blackheads or whiteheads works wonders. It dissolves skin debris that clogs pores and causes acne. It has the ability to regulate skin cells. If your skin is already tackling imperfections, salicylic acid will help reduce inflamed skin.

What skin types should use salicylic acid?

Salicylic acid will be perfect for blemish-prone and uneven skin types. It will help to prevent pore clogging and at the same time provide anti-inflammatory properties. 

The star ingredient for many teenagers is very effective against cystic acne due to its antibacterial properties. Also, it can also help to treat adult acne and hormonal acne. 

How to use salicylic acid?

Originally, salicylic acid has been used as a spot treatment. However, now it is used to prevent skin issues. That is why it is used now in cleansers, toners, exfoliators up to skin cream. 

While using salicylic acid, we always suggest using extra care and apply sunscreen. 

Salicylic acid has the ability to irritate and dry skin creating sensitivity. That is why it is always great to put extra measures for sensitive skin and use it as a topical treatment if your skin is extra sensitive.

What are the best salicylic acid products? 

The top brands which offer over-the-counter acne solution use salicylic acid at levels between 0.5 percent and 2 percent. In our offer, we have some amazing Korean skincare products.  Here is a little bit more.

What are the best salicylic acid cleansers?

A salicylic acid cleanser is perfect for acne-prone skin types. It will help keep pores clear, preventing breakouts before they occur. Some of the best cleansers are:

Salicylic acid is an exfoliator

COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid 100ml is a blackhead treatment that combines salicylic acid alongside humectants and soothing willow bark water. If you are looking for a strong and effective exfoliating toner, this is a product for you.

Salicylic acid toner

Easily overloaded skin will enjoy salicylic acid toner or treatment mist. We have for you Klavuu Green Pearlsation Teatree Care Body Spray that will be perfect for you if you struggle with body acne.

In our offer you will also find top Korean salicylic acid toners: 

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    COSRX Salicylic Acid Daily Gentle Cleanser (150ml)

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    COSRX AC Collection Calming Foam Cleanser (150ml)

    COSRX AC Calming Foam Cleanser is a perfect daily cleanser that not only combats breakouts but also heals damaged skin. The creamy foam cleanser is formulated with Cosrx's unique CentellAC-Rx Complex which optimizes the natural regeneration of the skin...

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    By Wishtrend Acid-Duo 2% Mild Gel Cleanser (150ml)

    By Wishtrend Acid-Duo 2% Mild Gel Cleanser is a mild acid cleanser that contains 1% LHA & 1% of PHA. It enhances skin turnover rate and overall skin tone. It melts dead skin cells and prevents skin breakouts. This is an exfoliating...

    £17.80

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    By Wishtrend Acid-Duo Hibiscus 63 Cream (50ml)

    By Wishtrend Acid-Duo Hibiscus 63 Cream is a light cream type exfoliant that you may use on a daily basis. It consists of LHA and PHA which have exceptional exfoliating capabilities but are known to be less irritating and perfect for sensitive skin. It...

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  • PURITO

    Purito AHA BHA Refreshing Solution

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