Salicylic Acid: What Is It & What Are Its Benefits for the Skin

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Salicylic acid is a popular ingredient in many skincare products, especially those targeted towards treating acne, oily skin, and clogged pores (1).

It is a type of beta-hydroxy acid (BHA) that exfoliates the skin, treats acne and reduces inflammation (1).

In this article, let’s explore in detail the benefits of salicylic acid on the skin and why it should be a staple in your skincare routine.

Benefits of Salicylic Acid For Skin

Skin Exfoliation (1)

Primary Benefits: Salicylic acid can promote skin exfoliation by dissolving the bonds that hold them together. Additionally, it also helps prevent the formation of comedones.

Secondary Benefits: As a result, salicylic acid can help remove dead skin cells and make the skin appear brighter, smoother, and more even-toned. 

Acne (1)

Primary Benefits: Salicylic acid is most popularly known for its usage in treating acne. Acne is a common skin condition that affects people of all ages. 

Salicylic acid is a gentle yet effective acne treatment that works by exfoliating the skin and improving its texture and visual appearance, resulting in the perception of reduced pore size.

Secondary Benefits: Salicylic acid also has anti-inflammatory properties, which further help to reduce the redness and inflammation associated with acne.

Blackheads (2)

Primary Benefits: Salicylic acid is highly effective in reducing blackheads. Blackheads are a result of clogged pores, which can occur when dead skin cells, oil, and dirt accumulate in the pores. Studies have observed that salicylic acid can significantly reduce the formation of blackheads on the skin. 

Secondary Benefits: The reduced amount of open comedones on the skin can help make the skin smoother, clearer, and less prone to acne breakouts.

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Oily Skin (3) (4)

Primary Benefits: Salicylic acid can help regulate oily skin. People with oily skin tend to produce more sebum. Salicylic acid helps to regulate the production of sebum, which can reduce the appearance of oily skin.

Secondary Benefits: Reduced sebum production can further help control acne and various other skin problems. 

Collagen Production (5)

Primary Benefits: Regular use of salicylic acid can help promote collagen production, which can help make the skin firm and plump. 

Secondary Benefits: As such, salicylic acid can also help improve skin elasticity, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines and improve skin texture. 

Is Salicylic Acid Safe? (1)

Salicylic acid is generally safe for most skin types, including sensitive skin. However, it is important to note that some people may experience irritation or dryness when using salicylic acid. Therefore, it is always a good idea to consult a dermatologist before using it to avoid any adverse reactions.

The Final Takeaway

Salicylic acid is a powerful ingredient that offers many benefits for the skin. It exfoliates the skin and reduces inflammation, making it an effective treatment for acne, oily skin, and other skin problems. It also helps to improve skin texture and promote collagen production. 

If you are looking for a simple and effective way to improve your skin, consider incorporating salicylic acid into your skincare routine. 

Disclaimer: The information mentioned here is meant for general awareness about Ayurveda, and not meant to substitute any medical guidance. Please consult an Ayurvedic professional for effective remedies. 



Dr. Jyoti Lakhani

Dr. Jyoti has 15 years of experience in Clinical Practice, Research & Education in the field of Ayurveda with competency in acute & chronic conditions like Arthritis, Spondylitis, Osteoporosis, Sciatica etc. She has also expertise in treating Female Infertility disorders, other Gynecological Problems & General disorders.