Buy any good quality cleanser or blackhead removing face wash and you can bet your life savings it will contain salicylic acid. Skincare companies and dermatologists say that salicylic acid products are the answer to our breakout problems, but what on earth is this miraculous product and does it really make a difference to your pores?

Can salicylic acid products really get spots under control?

Salicylic acid products, cleansers and acne creams are not just gimmicks. They genuinely do have anti-inflammatory properties. Salicylic acid contains the same soothing ingredients as aspirin and it is proven to have antiseptic qualities that unblock pores and minimise skin oils. Needless to say, it can work wonders on a breakout. It breaks down the skin cells and exfoliates the skin, and its mild acids soothe inflammation and prevent additional flare-ups. This helps to even out imperfections and will give your skin a radiant and flawless appearance. However, before you buy every product containing this wonder ingredient, it is worth considering a few things. Salicylic acid cleanser and other products containing the ingredient are not suitable for people allergic to aspirin because of the similar ingredients. It also cannot be used by people with rosacea, pregnant women or children below the age of two. To ensure it suits your skin type try it out first.

How can I tell if Salicylic acid cleanser is suitable for my skin?

If you have a skin condition, it is worth checking with your doctor before changing your facewash, cleanser or skin care products generally. Salicylic acid cleanser can work on an array of different skin types and it is one of the gentlest products you will find for tackling breakouts. Cleansers that contain it are often rich in nourishing antioxidants like Vitamins C and E. It is suitable for sensitive, dry, oily and normal skin, but to ensure it won't irritate you it is best to ease your way in. Acclimatise your skin by using a face wash and keep an eye on your skin for a few weeks. If you have no adverse reactions then you can use it daily. If you have a major skin condition or very sensitive skin then speak to your doctor to see what is best. For most people, it is a miraculous ingredient and with face washes, face masks and medicated creams all rich in it, it is not difficult to find. But, be sure to choose a good quality product. Garnier's Pure Active range makes good use of this wonderful ingredient. The cleansers and face masks contain a fusion of salicylic acid, activated charcoal and blueberry extract. The charcoal is also brilliant at unblocking pores and the blueberry extract is rich in skin-nourishing antioxidants, such as Vitamins C and E. If you have blackhead-prone skin, it is ideal.

Salicylic acid products are what acne sufferers have been waiting for. They keep breakouts under control and bring down inflammation without damaging the skin. The key to getting the most out of these cleansers is frequent use and consistency. It may take a few weeks before you see an improvement, but once the spots are under control, they will not come back as long as you continue with your new skin routine. It takes dedication, but your skin will be smooth and radiant, so it’s worth it.

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