How Does Salicylic Acid Work?

If you’ve ever looked into skin care products that prevent acne, then the chances are high that you’ve heard of salicylic acid. What is it though? And how does it work? In today’s blog we’re going to delve deep into this topic, and we’ll also discuss a professional skin care product that will penetrate deeply into your skin to heal acne and other skin problems.

There are plenty of foundations and other products out there that will help cover up problem areas on your face, but they’re not solving the problem: they’re only masking it. Instead opt for treatments that will truly solve your acne, oily skin or dry skin.

What is salicylic acid?

Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid and is oil-soluble. It’s anti-inflammatory and can treat skin problems like acne, warts and psoriasis. It is one of the best skin treatments out there if you have acne.

Though it’s in over-the-counter skin care products, it can have side effects such as redness, mild burning or skin peeling. If your doctor or dermatologist recommended it for acne treatment, the benefits most likely outweigh the potential side effects. It is, however, always a good idea to discuss any side effects you experience with your dermatologist.

How's it work?

Because it’s oil-soluble, it can penetrate your skin’s sebum — the oil that comes out of your skin’s glands — and get really deep into your pores. All those whiteheads and blackheads on your face are caused by debris, oil and dead skin clogging up your pores. Your skin has a hard time self-exfoliating and so those dead skin particles and other debris clump together and cause even more pimples, zits and blackheads.

Enter salicylic acid: it will get deep into those clogged-up pores, break up the dead cells and prevent breakouts. However, salicylic acid doesn’t actually affect sebum production, and it doesn’t kill bacteria.

For it to be effective, you have to use it routinely. As soon as you stop using it, your pores will clog up again and your face will be covered with acne once more.

You can find salicylic acid in many face washes, creams and pads or wipes.

What other acne treatments are there?

There are many different skin care products out there to treat acne besides salicylic acid.

  • Benzoyl peroxide. This product is believed to work by destroying the bacteria that cause acne. Like with salicylic acid, it must be used continuously to be effective. Generally, it takes at least four weeks for you to see results from using the product, but it’s typically effective. It’s available in creams, lotions, gels and face washes, but it can cause dry skin and can even bleach fabrics. 
  • Organic, natural products. Many people will swear by the results of their homemade remedy, but the simple truth is that the effectiveness isn’t proven. You’ll most likely not receive much benefit using home remedies. You can try herbal or natural medications, but be cautious — they could cause more harm than good. To encourage pimples to break naturally, though, you can apply a hot towel to your face. If you squeeze or pop your pimples, you could have further problems and even permanent scars.
  • iderma® Youth Restoring Masque. This professional skin care product is proven to work and give you results quickly. Though washing your face morning and night is still recommended, this will give your skin the extra boost it needs to fight acne and come out on the winning side.  

How does the iderma® Youth Restoring Masque work?

Light-therapy devices penetrate deep into the layers of your skin to repair skin damage from the inside out. The iderma® is a comfortable masque that you wear every other day for eight minutes. During this time, 128 red and infrared LED lights are hard at work.

The red wavelengths tackle the surface of your skin, while the infrared LED light therapy works more deeply. These infrared wavelengths will stimulate cell growth and collagen production. All of this adds up to many benefits for you: minimized fine lines and wrinkles, less noticeable crow’s feet, decreased redness or inflamed blemishes, improved skin texture and tone, lightened age spots and reduced pore size.

By giving your cells the little extra help they need to grow and do their job, your skin will be visibly clearer.

We’re not the only ones who believe in the power of this professional skin care product, though. The results speak for themselves, as does the feedback we get from happy customers. We’ve been featured on Rachael Ray, Today, Forbes and more, and the reviews on our iderma®  UV light therapy just keep getting better and better. Ready to try out an LED light for acne yourself? Learn more about this light-therapy device, and order one for yourself today!