What is Salicylic Acid?

Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid (BHA), phenolic compound. It is derived from willow bark, and belongs to the salicylates. Salicylic acid is oil-soluble, and therefore 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 helps to clear uneven skin tone by unclogging blocked pores, it breaks apart the desmosomes (attachments between cells in the outer layer of the skin), allowing the contents of the blocked pore to loosen, and be dissolved by the salicylic acid, along with the excess oil in the pore. Salicylic acid also has anti-inflammatory properties, causing red inflamed spots to fade faster, further helping to refine uneven skin tone.

Which products contain Salicylic Acid?

Glyco 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 skin while preparing the skin for your daily skincare regime.

Medi+ Glyco Wash is available online here.