What is salicylic acid and how does it benefit the skin? Biologi’s Global Educator, Alli Ware, reveals all!
When we launched Bg Defence Anti-Pollution Serum, not only was it a first line pollution defender, but also the first serum to contain our new hero phyto-active, salicylic acid.
Salicylic acid, most commonly found in willowbark, is a relatively new player in the skincare game. With the proven ability to reduce breakouts, redness, and calm irritated skin, the natural gentle exfoliant is fast becoming a frontrunner as an essential nutrient.
But how much do we really know about salicylic acid? We sat down with Biologi’s Global Education Specialist, Alli Ware to find out everything we need to know about our skin’s newest best friend.
What is salicylic acid?
Alli: “Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid or BHA. Belonging to a class of drugs known as salicylates and an ingredient found in aspirin, salicylic acid naturally occurs in vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms, spinach, cucumber, zucchini and of course, in the strawberry gum leaf”.
What kind of skin is salicylic acid best suited to?
Alli: “Salicylic acid is ideal on acne, problematic and breakout-prone skin. Because it’s a BHA rather than an AHA, it works to help an overactive oily skin in decongesting and keeping pores clear, where breakouts start.
Salicylic acid also works well as a natural exfoliant.
It can loosen compacted skin cells helping the older and dying cells shed leading to a more hydrated, balanced complexion without the use of abrasive products that can cause irritation.
Finally, salicylic acid is excellent for reducing redness and irritation.
By unblocking clogged pores, salicylic acid can help keep the skin follicles clear to calm irritated and redness in the skin which enhances the overall glow of a complexion.
How do I use salicylic acid in a skincare routine?
Alli: “While we love salicylic acid, for some skin types there is too much of a good thing! We recommend introducing salicylic acid gradually and incorporating into a complete routine once a day.
Because of its superior anti-pollution fighting properties against blue light and environmental toxins, we recommend applying Bg Defence Serum in the morning before sunscreen and pairing with another Biologi serum in the evening.
Along with salicylic acid, the Bg Defence Serum contains plant vitamin C and niacinamide (B3) which is a unique combination taken from nature that works to reduce redness, and increase hydration, whilst providing superior antioxidant protection to prevent accelerated ageing”.
So, it sounds like salicylic acid is suitable for all skin types?
Alli: “Yes, salicylic acid is a great ingredient to include into your regime, however, as with any product choice, it depends on the skin health of an individual. The overuse of salicylic acid on some skin conditions can be quite drying and may cause irritation. For example, if you have a barrier impairment, meaning skin conditions such as eczema or extreme sensitivities, wait until your skin is restored before introducing a salicylic acid product. We also wouldn’t recommend if you’re taking medication such as Roaccutane as the two can react leading to redness and irritation”.