Salicylic Acid

Why add Salicylic Acid to your skin care routine?

Salicylic acid is a beneficial ingredient for those with oily and acne-prone skin, as well as other skin concerns. This beta hydroxy acid helps exfoliate the skin and refine the appearance of pores while reducing the formation of acne when used at the proper concentration.

WHAT IS SALICYLIC ACID?

Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid extracted from the bark of willow trees. Commonly used in skin care products and professional chemical peels for the treatment of acne, salicylic acid works by exfoliating dead skin cells—which helps keep the pores clear. This ingredient’s exfoliating benefits also help improve surface texture while enhancing skin radiance.

Salicylic Acid Explained

What is salicylic acid used for?

Dermatologists and skincare professionals often recommend salicylic acid for acne treatment because of its gentle exfoliating effect. By facilitating the shedding of dead cells, salicylic acid helps prevent pores from becoming clogged, which is one of the factors that contributes to acne formation. The exfoliating benefits of salicylic acid can also help improve the look and feel of skin, addressing other skin concerns such as rough surface texture, uneven skin tone, dark spots, and dullness.

What are the benefits of salicylic acid in skin care?

Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid that is especially beneficial for those with oily skin. Unlike alpha hydroxy acids, salicylic acid is oil-soluble—which means it is able to mix with oil and sebum found within the pores and on the surface of the skin. However, all skin types can benefit from salicylic acid and its gentle exfoliation that helps smooth surface texture, promote more even skin tone, and increase healthy-looking radiance.

What is the best way to integrate salicylic acid into my skin care regimen?

Salicylic acid can be found in an array of different types of skin care products, including SkinCeuticals LHA Cleansing Gel and LHA Toner. These products are an ideal part of any skin care regimen designed to help address excess oil and promote exfoliation, and they can help prepare the skin for treatment products that follow.


SkinCeuticals also offers products combining salicylic acid with other ingredients to help improve the appearance of visible signs of aging, including fine lines, wrinkles, and uneven skin tone. Blemish + Age Defense serum combines salicylic acid with dioic, lipo hydroxy, glycolic, and citric acids for gentle yet effective exfoliation that helps improve discoloration and other visible signs of aging.


Advanced Pigment Corrector is a lightweight daily exfoliating lotion formulated with hydroxyphenoxy propionic acid, ellagic acid, and salicylic acid for face discoloration. This provides exfoliation and skin-brightening benefits that help improve the appearance of dark spots caused by past acne blemishes, sun damage, or the natural aging process while also increasing the skin’s luminosity.


To discover which salicylic acid skin care products are ideal for your specific needs and concerns, it’s best to consult with your skincare professional.

Is salicylic acid safe to apply on my face?

Yes. All SkinCeuticals products with salicylic acid have been tested and are proven to be well tolerated when used on the face.

Though ideal for oily and acne-prone skin, salicylic acid may not be appropriate for especially dry or sensitive skin. However, SkinCeuticals offers a wide array of results-driven products without salicylic acid to help improve specific skin concerns. A SkinCeuticals skincare professional can recommend a customized regimen of at-home skin care and professional treatments that are tailored for your unique skin’s needs.

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    Blemish + Age Defense

    $92.00

    An oil-free face serum that reduces the formation of adult acne, and improves visible signs of aging
    skin types
    • Oily
    • Combination
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    Advanced Pigment Corrector

    $92.00

    A daily multi-action lightweight lotion that reduces the appearance of stubborn skin discoloration and improves skin tone
    skin types
    • Dry
    • Normal
    • Oily
    • Combination
    • Sensitive
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    LHA Cleansing Gel: Our Best Cleanser for Acne Prone Skin

    $41.00

    Exfoliating gel cleanser decongests pores, smoothes skin texture, and brightens skin
    skin types
    • Oily
    • Combination
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    LHA Toner

    $40.00

    Glycolic acid toner to help get rid of clogged pores and remove surface dead skin cells with lipo-hydroxy acid.
    skin types
    • Oily
    • Combination