Salicylic acid is safe to use every day, but don't run to add it to your daily regimen too quickly. It has the potential to irritate and dry out your skin, so start slowly. "I would suggest starting once or twice per week, increasing the frequency as tolerated,” says Dr. King.
What does salicylic acid do to your face?
Topical salicylic acid treats acne by reducing swelling and redness and unplugging blocked skin pores to allow pimples to shrink. It treats other skin conditions by softening and loosening dry, scaly, or thickened skin so that it falls off or can be removed easily.
When should I use salicylic acid on my skin?
Though a mild acid, salicylic acid should be used only once a day. You can use it in your AM or PM regime, but Salicylic acid is better if included in your night skincare routine. This is because salicylic acid peels off the superficial dead skin cells to reveal newer and younger skin cells.
What not to use with salicylic acid?
Retinol and Salicylic Acid Both of these ingredients are two of the most potent blends in the plethora of skincare products. Combining both of these together will act as a super charged, double intense skin nightmare resulting in severe dryness, sensitivity and an increase in skin photosensitivity.
Should you moisturize after salicylic acid?
Moisturize after using it - Salicylic acid can be drying to the skin, so it's important to moisturize your skin after using it. Look for a moisturizer that is lightweight, non-comedogenic, and free of fragrances and other irritants.
How do you layer salicylic acid in a skincare routine?
To support the work of Salicylic acid, bookend its application with a good cleanser and a water-based, non-comedogenic moisturizer. If you've been wearing makeup or SPF, it's best to double cleanse your skin at night – once to whisk away surface-level grime, and second to really get into your pores.