Salicylic acid is a white bitter crystalline substance, slightly soluble in water obtained from plant certain plants, which is used a food preservative, an antiseptic in toothpaste fungicide and in the manufacture of aspirin and dyestuffs. Chemically, it is known as orthohydroxybenzoic acid.
- Salicylic acid is a powerful acne-fighting ingredient that visibly reduces the size of pimples and blackheads, reducing also the number of skin cells with the pore preventing them from clogging up. It also preventing pimples from forming and in causing the skin cells to slough off more readily.
- It helps to even the skin tone, reduces discoloration because it has astringent properties and as such also helps to reduce the appearance of blemishes and hyperpigmentation on the skin. It is best for those who suffer from oily skin and could cause further dryness or redness on already dry skin.
- Salicylic acid has the ability to purify and exfoliate the skin thereby leaving the skin healthy and good looking, by penetrating into the pores of the skin to dissolve dead skin cells and flaky skin that has clogged the pores and grime that has built up so that it can be clear and free from irritants
- Due to its ability to break apart the attachment between the cells in the outer layers of the skin by unclogging blocked pores that might cause blemishes then reduces acne breakout. It is effective in getting rid of acne (blackheads and whiteheads) especially around the nose and areas prone to acne (blackhead).
- It stimulates collagen production, a wrinkle fighter, and premature ageing due to dead or clogged pores. When applied, it smoothens the skin texture and makes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles less visible. It causes cell turnover.
- It is a crystalline phenolic acid obtained from plants (white willow back and wintergreen leaves), synthesized and used medicinally especially as a skin defoliant, possesses bacteriostatic, fungicidal and keratolytic action, and in form salts and other derivatives as an analgesic and antipyretic.