What Is Salicylic Acid?
Salicylic Acid (from Latin salix, willow tree) is a lipophilic monohydroxybenzoic acid, a type of phenolic acid, and a beta hydroxy acid (BHA). This colorless crystalline organic acid is widely used in organic synthesis and functions as a plant hormone. It is derived from the metabolism of salicin. The salts and esters of the chemical formula salicylic acid, are known as salicylates.
Salicylic Acid Uses
In addition to serving as an important active metabolite of aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid), which acts in part as a prodrug to salicylic acid, it is probably best known for its use as a key skin care ingredient in topical anti-acne products.
Salicylic Acid Formula & Structure
The formula for salicylic acid is: C7H6O3.
Additional Salicylic Acid Chemical Information:
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