Salicylic acid | New Serenity Day Spa – Best Facials in Scottsdale

     Salicylic acid is one of the most popular ingrediants that are used in skin care regimens. Salicylic acid (Latin salix, willow tree, from the bark of which the substance used to be obtained) is a monohydroybenzoic acid, a type of phenolic acid and a betahydroxy acid. This substance is a colorless crystalline organic acid and is widely used in organic synthesis and functions as a plant hormone. It is derived from the metabolism of salicilin. In addition to being an important active metabolite of aspirin(acetylsalicylic acid), which acts in part as a pro-drug to salicyclic acid, it is probably best known for its use in anti-acne treatments. The salts and esters of salicylic acid are known as salicylates.

     Salicylic acid is used as a preservative and antimicrobial at 0.1 to 0.5 percent in skin softeners, face masks, hair tonics, deodorants, dandruff, preparations, protective creams, hair dye removers, and suntan lotions and oils. It is antipruritic (ant-itch).  Salicylic acid is also used to as a keratolytic drug applied topically to treat acne to slough the skin, used in many cleansing products, makeup, hair conditioners, bath products,and hair coloring’s.  It is being substituted for the “alpha” in alpha-hydroxide products because it is said to be less irritating to the skin.  The European Union has banned it for children under three years except in shampoos.  It can be absorbed through the skin.  Absorption of large amounts may cause sickness, abdominal pain, increased respiration, acidosis, mental disturbances, and skin rashes in sensitive individuals.  The Food and Drug Administration issued a notice in 1992 that salicylic acid, while being useful for removing warts, is not effective as an external pain or itch reliever in insects bites and stings, poison ivy, poison sumac, and poison oak in OTC drug products.


Salicylic acid is one of the best ingrdiants used in mostly all skin care regimens, it is a fantastic ingrediant to have in your skin care products to use as a anti-acne treatment to help get rid of the acne!

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