How Salicylic Acid Can Improve Your Skincare Product?

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, acne affects up to 50 million Americans every year. At Kraft Chemical, we provide acne-eliminating ingredients in the form of salicylic acid. 

Never heard of salicylic acid before? Continue reading to learn about where this chemical comes from, how it works, and how Kraft Chemical can help you incorporate it into your own formulas. 

What Is Salicylic Acid and Where Does It Come From?

Salicylic acid was a solid first obtained from willow bark. Today, it is a commercially biosynthesized chemical agent. This blemish-busting ingredient is most widely known for its ability to eradicate breakouts. Salicylic acid is separated into two classes: beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs). Both classes can be found in common skin care products and acne treatments. 

This chemical works by breaking down the outer layer of skin while also unclogging pores, making it the go-to ingredient for acne-related issues.

What Types of Products Use Salicylic Acid?

There’s a reason why so many people incorporate salicylic acid into their skincare routines. From its acne-fighting capabilities to its anti-inflammatory properties, salicylic acid leaves skin feeling bright and blemish-free. Products containing salicylic acid are typically sold in the form of creams, gels, ointments, or topical solutions. It can also act as an exfoliant.

Common products featuring a salicylic acid formula include:

  • Acne washes
  • Skincare products
  • Cleansers
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Over-the-counter wart ointment
  • Fungal treatments
  • Burn treatments
  • Psoriasis treatments
  • and more.

What Are the Benefits of Salicylic Acid for Skin?

The biggest benefit of salicylic acid is its ability to fight acne. Salicylic acid is ideal for treating whiteheads and blackheads as it unclogs pores and helps break apart desmosomes. It’s convenient to use and generally works well on all skin types. Plus, salicylic acid is widely available and is found in many different forms, most commonly facial cleansers and personal wellness products.

Is Salicylic Acid Safe To Use Every Day?

The short answer is yes. Products containing salicylic acid are safe to use every day—especially for consumers with oily skin and acne issues. Be upfront with your consumer and always include information regarding your product’s recommended usage on its label.

Are There Any Side Effects?

Even though salicylic acid is safe to use on a daily basis, there are a few side effects to be aware of. Dry or sensitive skin can experience excessive dryness or irritation. However, over-using salicylic acid can lead to salicylate poisoning. This is why it is important to include a product label clarifying its suggested amount.

Find Salicylic Acid for Your Product at Kraft Chemical

Give your consumers the best chance at beating blemishes. 

Since 1935, Kraft Chemical has been supplying customers with diverse chemical ingredients needed to meet and exceed their consumer’s expectations. We provide salicylic acid commonly used in skincare, cosmetics, and personal care products formulated to treat acne. Contact a Kraft Chemical specialist to learn more about how salicylic acid can improve your next product.

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