What is it: Salicylic acid is naturally derived fruit acid that helps in shedding skin cell faster and prevents them from clogging the pores on the epidermis. It works by softening the keratin, an integral component of the skin structure. Salicylic acid is often extracted from fruits like blackberries, blueberries, guava, apricot, grapes and dates. It also found in olives, tomatoes, radish and mushroom. Salicylic acid is part of what are called beta-hydroxy acids.
How it benefits: One of the most well-known uses of salicylic acid is for treating acne. Since it hastens the natural exfoliation process of the skin, it ensures the epidermis is clear and pores are toned and grime-free. Since its helps in skin renewal process, the skin is more adapted to absorb other actives better. It can also be used to treat excessive acne breakout, since it has astringent and anti-inflammatory properties. Since it is an anti-microbial active, so using creams or face washes with Salicylic acid means you prevent infection causing bacteria to grow on your skin. Salicylic acid can penetrate into the pore lining of the skin and exfoliate inside the pores as well as on the surface of skin, so it is effective in removing blackheads and whiteheads.