You may often hear dermatologists recommending either benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid face wash for acne treatment. But why is it so? Are these kinds of cleansers useful? Do they make any difference, or it’s just another marketing game? All these questions come up in your mind when an acidic content is said to be highly effective for your skin.
What Is Salicylic Acid?
In short, you must note that salicylic acid is a kind of chemical exfoliant. The willow tree bark is used to derive BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acid. The oil-soluble property and better penetration capacity let it makes an effective solution for both your whiteheads and blackheads. Once it gets deeply penetrated the skin, all the oils and dirt particles get removed that may have clogged the pores. You can also call it an intercellular glue to hold different skin cells together while also reducing the inflammation issues.
While an alpha hydroxy acid is known only to exfoliate the skin’s surface, the beta-hydroxy acid can go at deeper levels, into the pores, and change the formation if how skin cells are bounded. The medication form of salicylic acid is keratolytic, which means the high suitability for deep exfoliation. It also causes your skin’s top layer cells to get slough and soft by breaking and loosening the different cell attachments. However, these attachments are called desmosomes.
What Are the Benefits of Salicylic Acid for Skin?
Given below is a list of several benefits you can get by skin products containing salicylic acid.
As you know that salicylic acid is considered beneficial for severe acne-prone skin, it is also effective blackheads and whiteheads. It also helps decline acne breakouts to a great extent by breaking the cell attachment in outer layers of skin. Blocked pores are unclogged resultantly, which can further lead to blemishes. The primary reason that it is effective on acne is control over sebum secretion. (more…)