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9 Ways to Slip Salicylic Acid into Your Beauty Routine

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Salicylic acid, a beta hydroxy acid (BHA), is one of the most popular ingredients in skin care for good reason: it neutralizes breakout-causing bacteria while cleansing pores, reducing inflammation and boosting cell turnover rate to heal skin more quickly. And, believe it or not, despite the fact that it’s a skin care superpower, salicylic acid is gentle on sensitive and compromised skin types, making it a great choice for anyone seeking a clear and clean complexion. It’s most often naturally sourced from willow bark, (just like aspirin), which is the reason behind its amazing anti-inflammatory properties. And it’s not just great for your face, either—salicylic acid is wonderful for cleansing and soothing body blemishes and troublesome ingrown hairs in the delicate bikini and underarm area.

Here are nine of our favorite ways to incorporate this wonder BHA into our skin care regimen:

  1. 1. To help repair your skin as you sleep: Sunday Riley U.F.O Ultra-Clarifying Face
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    1. To help repair your skin as you sleep: Sunday Riley U.F.O Ultra-Clarifying Face

    Reduce the appearance of acne, blackheads and blemishes with Sunday Riley's U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Acne Treatment Face Oil. Formulated with clarifying plant oils like tea tree and black cumin seed oil, this facial serum also works to combat fine lines and wrinkles, revealing a more even and smooth complexion.Key Ingredients: * Tea Tree and Black Cumin Seed Oil: help purify the skin and supports clarity * Salicylic Acid (1.5%): clears clogged pores, corrects and prevents acne and blackheads * Licorice Root and Hexylresorcinol: naturally brighten the appearance of dark spotsTip: Mix three to
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  2. 2. To slough off pore-clogging impurities: Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant
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    2. To slough off pore-clogging impurities: Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant

    Paula's Choice SKIN PERFECTING 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant boosts the skin's tone and texture to enhance a natural glow. Salicylic acid exfoliates and promotes faster cell regeneration to minimize the appearance of blemishes, redness, large pores and wrinkles. Green tea soothes inflammation and shields against free-radical damage.Key Ingredients: * Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA, also known as Salicylic Acid): mimics the natural exfoliation process of younger skin by helping it shed extra layers while unclogging and clearing poresKey Benefits: * Clears and minimizes enlarged pores * Sheds built-up
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  3. 3. To address adult acne and wrinkles in one go: SkinCeuticals Blemish + Age Defense
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    3. To address adult acne and wrinkles in one go: SkinCeuticals Blemish + Age Defense

    SkinCeuticals Blemish + Age Defense is an advanced solution to help eliminate adult acne while addressing wrinkles, fine lines and uneven skin tone. A combination of 2% dioic acid with alpha and beta hydroxy acids prevent blemishes while diminishing hyperpigmentation and reducing wrinkles and fine lines. This targeted treatment also inhibits excess of sebum production, unclogs pores and helps prevent skin darkening from UV exposure.Key Ingredients: * 2% Dioic Acid: naturally derived from vegetables, this ingredient helps reduce excess sebum * 0.3% LHA (Caproloyl Salicylic Acid): a
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  4. 4. As an all-in-one day cream: Jan Marini Bioglycolic Bioclear Face Cream
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    4. As an all-in-one day cream: Jan Marini Bioglycolic Bioclear Face Cream

    Jan Marini Bioclear Face Cream is formulated to target, repair and prevent the myriad causes of adult acne for a clearer complexion. A 12% concentration of glycolic acid combined with salicylic acid exfoliate and purify the pores to heal breakouts. Soothing comfrey, mallow and cucumber extracts reduce inflammation. Wheat proteins and arnica extract improve the skin's tone and
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  5. Glycolix Elite Gly-Sal 10-2 Pads 60count

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  6. 6. For daily cleansing that reduces redness: Obagi CLENZIderm M.D. Daily Care Foaming Cleanser
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    6. For daily cleansing that reduces redness: Obagi CLENZIderm M.D. Daily Care Foaming Cleanser

    Those with oily or acne-prone skin are seeking a cleanser that isn't just going to treat the pimples we have right now, but will also prevent any more blemishes from popping up in the future. Obagi CLENZIderm M.D. Daily Care Foaming Cleanser removes dirt, oil and other pollutants from your skin to unclog pores and promote a clearer and more balanced complexion. Its innovative formula soothes inflammation and reduces redness while fortifying pH levels to balance sebum production. That means you'll see your blemishes start to heal immediately and notice fewer breakouts moving forward.Key
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  7. 7. To brighten complexion and fade dark spots: SkinMedica AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser
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    7. To brighten complexion and fade dark spots: SkinMedica AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser

    SkinMedica's AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser combines alpha and beta hydroxy acids to remove dead cells and other impurities from your skin to enhance a smoother and brighter complexion. Round soft jojoba spheres provide gentle exfoliating action while lavender extract tones and soothes inflammation. Mildly astringent citrus oils minimize large pores for a radiant and refreshed appearance.Key Ingredients: * Lactic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Citric Acid, and Malic Acid: each is a natural, alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) derived from bilberry extract, sugar cane extract, sugar maple extract, and citrus
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  8. 8. To resurface dry skin: Epionce Lytic Plus Tx
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    8. To resurface dry skin: Epionce Lytic Plus Tx

    Epionce Lytic Plus Tx correcting skin imperfections and the signs of aging. It works to smooth roughness and dry spots while healing acne and diminishing hyperpigmentation. Salicylates combined with willow bark extract gently exfoliate as the date extract and rosehip oil complex nourish and calm the
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  9. 9. To tone acne-prone skin: Glytone Acne Clearing Toner
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    9. To tone acne-prone skin: Glytone Acne Clearing Toner

    Glytone Acne Clearing Toner (formerly Acne Cleansing Toner) features purifying 2% salicylic acid for exfoliating and clearing the skin. It provides a deeper cleanse while controlling oil production and uncloging pores to heal and prevent blemishes, blackheads and whiteheads. After use, the skin is refined, pure and ready for further
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Maggie Glover

Maggie Glover is originally from Pittsburgh. Before joining the team at DermStore, she worked in marketing for companies like ModCloth.com, ipsy and TripAdvisor. Her true passion is writing and reading poetry, but she also has a thing for wild style trends, Bikram yoga and true-crime podcasts. Currently, she resides by a beach in Los Angeles with her two cats, Noodle and Sicily. You can read more of her published work at maggieglover.com.