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Spotlight on Salicylic Acid - Why You Need It In Your Skincare Routine

September 23, 2020 4 min read

Spotlight on Salicylic Acid -  Why You Need It In Your Skincare Routine

A Key Ingredient You'll Want to Get To Know

Salicylic acid is one of those ingredients you mention to friends and get a blank look back. Fair enough, before studying natural  & organic skincare and formulating with natural ingredients I didn’t know about it either. But let me tell you without a shadow of a doubt: salicylic acid not only belongs in your skincare routine, but you will love it for the amazing benefits it has for your skin.

Quite simply, it is a life saver when your skin is prone to break outs and this goes for young and mature skin alike and can have a major impact on the overall appearance of your complexion. Used at the correct percentage it is gentle yet still effective even on sensitive skin. 

Our Hydrating Facial Mist & Toner containing Salicylic acid can be used as a skin hydration boost and freshen up throughout the day or simply as a toner to use after cleansing.

 What Is Salicylic Acid? How does it work?

So, let’s get through the ‘sciency’ stuff and explain what Salicylic acid is.

Basically, it’s a BHA (beta-hydroxy acid) that encourages the skin to carry out its own exfoliation process. Clever little compound!  Now there are BHAs and AHA’s!  Confused yet?  We know they’re both good but what’s the difference?

BHA,  salicylic acid, is often compared to AHA - for example, glycolic acid. The difference between them lies in how these acids can penetrate the skin.  AHAs are water-soluble, so are more suited towards skin that isn’t very oily and can brighten and improve skin texture, while improving skin hydration. 

While an alpha hydroxy acid can only exfoliate the skin's surface, a beta hydroxy acid, like salicylic acid, goes deep into the pores of the skin clearing them of blockages, which are caused by excess oil, dead skin cells, makeup residue or pollution. By penetrating your pores and dissolving the waste matter which might otherwise block them and lead to whiteheads and blackheads, it also works as an anti-inflammatory, to calm down redness and irritation.

Salicylic acid works by prompting the skin to slough dead skin cells and is particularly beneficial to those prone to acne, congestion, or simply an abundance of sebum. 

As mentioned in a previous blog post about exfoliation and the danger of over exfoliating -  when we exfoliate, which we should only do two to three times a week maximum, we can accidentally slough dead skin cells prematurely.  This brings the smooth skin to the fore, which initially looks great - but if we do it too often, we’re risking skin sensitisation. If we over-exfoliate, we can cause micro-tears in our skin, leading to skin which becomes easily irritated.

Using a product containing salicylic acid is a more gentle way to clear out your pores, lessen inflammation and avoid inflamed skin.

Salicylic Acid Helps Combat Acne

Salicylic acid is particularly beneficial for acne prone skin.  It is effective in getting rid of whiteheads and blackheads, as mentioned, particularly around the nose and other areas prone to blackheads. It helps in reducing acne breakouts due to its unique ability to break apart the attachments between cells in the outer layers of the skin. This allows salicylic acid to unclog pores that can lead to blemishes.


Salicylic Acid Reduces Oily Skin

Excess oil on the surface of the skin can trap bacteria and irritants that inflame the skin. When applied topically, salicylic acid can break down fatty compounds on the surface of the skin, such as the skin’s natural oils or sebum. Adding salicylic acid to your skincare routine can help to clear out excess oils and reduce sebum levels.


Benefits of Salicylic Acid:

  • Helps reduce the appearance of blemishes and hyperpigmentation on the skin.

  • Helps to even skin tone and reduce skin discolouration due to its astringent properties. 

  • Minimises the appearance of pores by tightening the skin

  • Helps reduce oiliness

  • Promotes youthful, smooth appearance

  • Targets blemishes and bumps

  • Shrinks and unclogs enlarged pores

  • Works on skin’s surface and inside pores



We recommend using Aequora’sHydrating Facial Mist & Toner containing Salicylic Acid. In addition to this unclogging 'wonder' ingredient, our mist also contains key ingredients: Aloe Vera, Green Tea and Vitamin E.  So, this little miracle mist will be guaranteed to not only unclog your pores and reduce those pesky blackheads but you'll also have the cooling and soothing effects of the Aloe Vera, the antioxidant cell protection of Green Tea and the natural skin conditioning agent of Vitamin E. An all round natural wonder and a definite favourite of ours!  

Summer is almost do not want to be without this hydrating mist!  Top tip - keep in your handbag for a quick hydration boost and freshen up!

Use morning and evening after cleansing to remove any residual excess dirt or make up and follow up by using our Pure Hydrating & Brightening Serum and Brightening & Restorative Face Oil.

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