Salicylic acid is a tried-and-true ingredient that can work wonders on your skin.
The beta-hydroxy acid (BHA) is an active ingredient and an incredible chemical exfoliator. Most spot treatments contain a percentage of salicylic acid (which, is derived from willow trees) to help remove dead skin cells clogging pores. And not only does it fight blemishes and acne, it also reduces pore size, smooths skin and calms inflammation.
Ahead, five highly rated skincare products available on Amazon that have been formulated to work for both your skin and your bank balance.
Amazon’s bestselling face spot treatment V55 MAX Double Strength Salicylic Acid Cream has been created with acne-prone complexions in mind and includes a high concentration of salicylic acid.
This star ingredient is best known for its antibacterial abilities to unclog pores, ridding them of excess oil and dirt which cause blemishes. Other notable ingredients include tea tree oil, renowned for powerful purifying properties. It’s a topical cream meaning it’s to be applied to the affected area(s) only.
One reviewer wrote: ‘I’ve never written a review before but this has changed my life. I’ve suffered with bad spots for years 13-32 and tried everything. Then I had a baby last year and developed acne like never before. This stuff has cleared it all up!’
Blemishes and acne aren’t always limited to your face. To help minimise breakouts on your body, the Revitale Salicylic Acid Scrub Soap is designed to work three ways – by unclogging pores, minimising breakouts, and smoothing skin.
The bar of soap can be used on both your body and face, and by teens and adults alike. An added bonus: it’s effective and it won’t break the bank.
One reviewer on Amazon wrote: ‘This soap is nothing short of a miracle. I had a nasty breakout on my face – raised bumps and whiteheads. After 2 days of using this soap, my face has cleared. I use the soap twice a day, leaving it to sit on my skin for a while before rinsing off. Will definitely recommend.’
This liquid exfoliant from US skincare brand Paula’s Choice is laced with 2 per cent salicylic acid. Suitable for all skin types, especially normal, oily or combination, the leave-on exfoliant doesn’t just gently deep clean pores to help eliminate acne. The exfoliation also helps to fade lingering acne scars while promoting a brighter, smoother and even texture for a more clarified complexion. It’s highly-effective and costs just £13.
One happy Amazon reviewer wrote: ‘Have struggled with open pores and bumpy uneven skin for years, and more recently have had some problems with hormonal acne. This is a life-changer.
‘My skin is smoother, it looks dewy and healthy for the first time ever and I haven’t had any new spots in weeks!’
If you suffer from acne and dryness it can be a hard task finding a cleanser that doesn’t dry out your skin. Enter CeraVe Renewing SA Cleanser an affordable face and body cleanser that’s packed with ceramides and hyaluronic acid in addition to a low dose of salicylic acid – so it’s far more hydrating than other salicylic acid cleansers making it a good option for those with combination skin.
Developed with dermatologists, the formulation is also non-comedogenic, fragrance-free and enriched with vitamin D for extra antioxidant protection.
One shopper who rated the cleanser five-stars on Amazon wrote: ‘I was always under the impression that to control oily skin, you would have to use a harsh cleanser to get rid of the excess sebum. It was after many trials and errors that I understood that an oily face is a face with a damaged skin barrier.
‘CeraVe is formulated for rebuild such skin barriers so that your face (in the future) is neither oily nor dry. Instead, it is self-servicing and regulating.’
Beloved by beauty editors and skincare lovers alike, The Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Extreme Night Pads are currently Amazon’s number one best seller in ‘Cleansing Pads & Wipes’. ‘Amazing’ and ‘best exfoliator’ are common sentiments among reviewers.
The affordable post-cleansing pads are pre-soaked in acids – specifically a concentrated blend of AHA and BHA acids – to gently exfoliate the skin, help fade discoloration, acne scarring, pigmentation and diminish fine lines.
Among the glowing reviews, one Amazon customer noted how the cleansing pads help treat keratosis pilaris (KP): ‘I actually use these wipes on my arms… I suffer with keratosis pilaris (chicken skin) and have found this to be a game changer!
‘Within 2 weeks I noticed a huge reduction in the bumps and now my arms are almost completely clear. I will continue using these pads as they have been fantastic for me.’
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