Will Salicylic Acid Clear Your Skin?
The short answer is maybe. Here's the long answer. First, let's find out what salicylic acid is. Salicylic acid is a lipid soluble beta hydroxy acid which has comedolytic (inhibits formation of comedones) and desmolytic (breaks the junctions between corneocyte cells in the stratum corneum) properties. How does it work? The molecular structure of salicylic acid is what makes it lipid soluble, allowing it to penetrate the lipid layers between skin cells and dissolve debris in pores. This is how it's able to prevent the formation of comedones (blackheads and whitehead). Furthermore, salicylic acid breaks down the "glue" that holds corneocyte cells together, resulting in the softening and sloughing off of the very top layer of skin cells from the top layer of skin known as the stratum corneum. This is known as exfoliation. Exfoliation helps prevents accumulation of dead skin cells, sebum, makeup, etc. In plain English, it gets down deep into your skin, clears out your pores, and keeps all that gunk from getting back into you pores by not allowing it to build up on your skin. So to answer the title question, if blackheads and whiteheads are an issue for you, yes, salicylic acid may be a great ingredient to incorporate into your skincare routine. NOW, HERE'S THE CATCH. Salicylic acid can absolutely help you on your way to clear skin, BUT you need to use it properly, patiently, and persistently. How to use it: READ AND FOLLOW PRODUCT DIRECTIONS first and foremost to make sure you are properly using each product. Also, consider patch testing the product before putting it on the affected are. If using in wash form, it may help to leave it on your skin for a couple minutes to let the salicylic acid be in contact with your skin longer, then wash off completely. If using in a spot treatment, tread lightly until you know how your skin will react. you also definitely need to makes sure you keep your skin moisturized as salicylic acid can be very drying. And as always, use sunscreen every day. Failure to properly use products containing salicylic acid may result in skin injury!!! How long to use it: Providing it's well tolerated, it's important to give salicylic acid time to work. Trying a product for a week and giving up is common, but salicylic acid can take up to 6 weeks to give you the full result. 6 WEEKS. So if you find a product that you tolerate well, give it time, sis. Be patient. For best results be persistent, trust the process, and don't get discouraged. Taking a "before" picture will help you monitor your progress. Look out for: -allergic reaction -tingling -itching -peeling *make sure to talk to your doctor before using salicylic acid during pregnancy Lastly, the product pictured is Zapzyt, my all time favorite salicylic acid acne wash. It's fragrance free and very gentle on my sensitive skin. You can expect to pay no more than $10 USD and it lasts for months. Thank you for coming to my TED Talk 📢😂 and happy skincare hunting!
shoesforallI had milia and I’ve been using a salicylic acid treatment for four weeks and I’m really pleased with the results. Of course, now I have these weird pores where the milia used to be:
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moreskincarelessmakeup@shoesforall Yeah, I have acne scars that make my pores look huge but I don't mind that at much as acne! Salicylic acid is such a great ingredient, and milia is particularly stubborn so it's great that it's making progress!
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A Spot Treatment Face Mask? YES!
It's #FacemaskFriday! 🌟Listen, everyone's skin goes crazy from time to time. Stress, changes in eating habits, even #WFH, and being exposed to different air particles can affect how your skin behaves. Face masks are a great way to tell your skin you're in control and to calm the F down. ⠀ ⠀ You're probably familiar with this pink mask I'm using here. But, you know it as a spot treatment or a drying lotion for those unexpected pimples that LOVE to show up whenever we have an important day coming up. ⠀ ⠀ However, at least once a month, I try to use this lovely tiny product as a FULL face mask. Yep, you heard that right. I use the spot treatment ALL OVER my face.⠀ ⠀ Why?⠀ ⠀ Well, this one, in particular, has 3 ingredients that make it the perfect face mask:⠀ 1) Salicylic Acid helps exfoliate and unclog my pores.⠀ 2) Sulfur absorbs excess oil.⠀ 3) Calamine helps soothe and calm my skin.⠀ Those three ingredients are the best way to press the reset button on your pimples and breakouts. ⠀ ⠀ Here's what I do:⠀ - Grab your favorite spot treatment lotion. I'm using the classic spot lotion by @mariobadescu⠀ - Instead of applying the treatment on your pimples, apply it all over your face⠀ - Wait at least 10-15 minutes⠀ - Wash thoroughly and follow with your usual skincare routine⠀ - IMPORTANT, make sure you end your routine with sunscreen! Even if you do this at night since most spot treatments make skin ultra-sensitive⠀ ⠀ Alright, there you have it. Have you tried this before? Are you going to try it? Join the conversation in the comments!
My skin was THRIVING towards the end of quarantine but ever since I moved back into my apartment, my routine isn’t doing what it used to do and I’ve gotten red pimples, larger pores, and I’m noticing more blackheads! I also feel like I’m noticing that my skin feels oilier than usual? I’m thinking this could be stress or environment-related, but I can’t say exactly what caused the change. Anybody been through something similar and could help a girl out?
I neeeeed heeeelp
Hello everyone I had acne since I was young like around my teenagers yrs it started when I was in middle school,I think I have sebum acne also I get hormone acne but due to my benzyl peroxide that really helped and also I been using this cream it’s really good too it’s from Pamlers coca butter formula eventone fade cream but you know it can only do so much,I just need help with finding something for mild acne and a toner and something for hyperpigmentation and something for my large pores if anybody know anything about black skin and what I need please write back thank you also let me know if you guys know something about oily skin and what can I get for it.🤗 Ps.I also have sensitive skin
A cult favorite for a reason
These Cosrx One Step Original Clear Pads have been in my radar for a long time! I finally picked them up a couple of months ago and I have been using them non stop. These pads are specifically for targeting blackheads and clearing your skin up, and I can say I have definitely seen a difference. I like to use these at night after my double cleanse. It’s a way to make sure I get all my make up off and to treat my blackheads at the same time! I have been using these for a couple months now and I seriously love the convenience of them. I also like to use them on my back! If you struggle with back acne, these are perfect for you! I have semi sensitive skin, and these are gentle enough for my skin. The pads are soaked with essence too, so these things are totally worth it! I liked these so much that I bought three back ups and bought more for my best friend. They are a fantastic deal! You can find them for $17 for 70 pads on Amazon!!! COSRX - One Step Original Clear Pad
COSRX-One Step Original Clear Pad
Mario Badescu Drying Lotion
I seriously can not say enough good things about this product. This is a must have product for me. This is a powder that is suspended in a clear liquid. It is a fast acting acne spot treatment made with salicylic acid and calamine. I was recommended this product by a friend who told me it worked overnight to remove her whiteheads. This has been gentle to my dry sensitive skin and truly shrinks down if not completely removes my blemishes. I dip a q-tip into the liquid until I reach the bottom powder and apply it to my blemish. It is $17 for a 1 oz bottle which lasts forever!
MARIO BADESCU-Mario Badescu Drying Lotion
How I Treat My Hormonal Acne
DISCLAIMER: Please take what I’m writing with a grain of salt, and consult your doctor for your specific treatment. I am not an expert; these are just my experiences. Over the last few years, I’ve dealt with a change in my acne. As a teen, I mostly got acne on my forehead around that time of the month (thank you hormones). As an adult in my mid-20s, I have noticed an increase in acne on my cheeks and chin, and less on my forehead. I mainly experience whiteheads (also called closed comedones) and nodules (painful under skin bumps). I would say on average I experience 2-5 breakouts per month. My skin doesn’t typically have reactions to skincare or makeup products that cause breakouts, but it does happen from time-to-time. Below are 3 of my main acne-fighters that I use regularly. Paula’s Choice is a brand I really want to try more from. I purchased 3 products from the CLEAR line a few months ago - 2 of which I’m including in this post. I have the PAULA'S CHOICE - Pore Normalizing Cleanser and the PAULA'S CHOICE - Clear Regular Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution The cleanser contains 0.5% salicylic acid to gently fight acne on a daily basis without drying out the skin. I have dry skin, so that is important to me. It has no scent and has a gel texture that lathers a bit. It cleans my skin and removes excess oil and makeup. The exfoliating solution contains 2% BHA (salicylic acid) to unclog pores, reduce acne size, and calm redness. While I don’t personally find it calms redness, I do think it helps unclog my pores and reduce my acne, especially whiteheads. It has an unscented, slightly thicker yet watery texture than the regular BHA in the grey bottle (if you’ve used it), but that means it’s also less drying on the skin. My dry skin doesn’t mind. That way I can have my cake and eat it, too, ya know? Though it is safe to use 2x/day, I only use 1x/day a few times per week to maintain clear skin. When I’m breaking out, I use it more frequently without issue. The cleanser retails for $13 and the BHA for $29.50. Both are totally worth the price and I would repurchase! THE BODY SHOP - Tea Tree Face Mask is a clay mask that contains tea tree oil to clarify and refresh skin without drying it out. I like to use this mask 1x/wk or 1x/2 wks depending on how my skin is doing. Some clay masks can be very harsh on dry skin, but this one is gentle, has a thick texture, and feels cooling on my skin. Try it after a hot shower! Tea tree is a powerhouse ingredient often found in acne care because of its purifying properties. It does smell unpleasant (to me), but it’s a wash off mask and I like the results. My fiance likes to use it as a spot treatment, too. It cleans out pores and calms acne You get a lot of product for $17, and The Body Shop is often on sale at Ulta. I have repurchased this product in the past and will always have it as a staple in my routine.
PAULA'S CHOICE-Clear Regular Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution
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