Ingredient Spotlight : Salicylic Acid

September 26, 2019

What is Salicylic Acid?

 

Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid (BHA), phenolic compound, meaning that the hydroxy part of the molecule is separated from the acid part by two carbon atoms, instead of one (AHA). It is derived from willow bark, and belongs to the salicylates. Salicylic acid is oil-soluble, therefore it works on and below the skin’s surface, penetrating through the skin’s lipid layers with ease.

 

What are the benefits?

  • Unclogs blocked pore, dissolving blackheads and whiteheads

  • Anti-inflammatory, reduces redness in existing acne

  • Removes excess oil, preventing further breakouts

 

How does it work?

Salicylic acid unclogs block pores by breaking apart desmosomes (attachments between cells in the outer layer of the skin), this allows the contents of the blocked pore to loosen, and be dissolved by the salicylic acid, along with the excess oil in the pore. It also has anti-inflammatory properties, causing red inflamed spots to fade faster.

 

Which 5 Squirrels products contain Salicylic Acid?

 

Reveal – Glycolic Wash

5% Glycolic Acid, 2% Salicylic Acid

Contains the natural clinically proven AHAs, glycolic and citric acid to gently remove the build-up of dead skin cells together with salicylic acid to remove impurities and excess oil. This combination will cleanse the skin and increase cell turnover revealing new younger looking cells while preparing the skin for the further application of recommended daily care. Massage one pump onto dry skin. Leave on the skin for a few minutes to get to work before rinsing with warm water and patting dry. Do not use as an eye make-up remover. Can be used once or twice daily.

 

Rejuvenate – Stimulating Daily Active Serum

12% Glycolic Acid, 0.5% Salicylic Acid, 2% Hyaluronic Acid

This active serum contains the natural clinically proven AHA, glycolic acid to gently remove the build-up of dead skin cells. It increases cell turnover to reveal new fresh, younger looking skin and it is effective at controlling breakouts, reducing pigmentation and fine lines. Apply after cleansing to your entire face. For external use only, avoid contact with eyes, rinse well if product enters the eye.

 

More Ingredient Spotlight blogs will be coming to our social media shortly, keep an eye out to stay in the loop!

 

If you would like to sample or add Reveal or Rejuvenate into your range please contact info@5squirrels.com.

 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4554394/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4688384/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1535287

https://eminenceorganics.com/ca/blog/2018/09/25/how-does-salicylic-acid-clear-acne

 

 

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