• Darlene Walchuk

Salicylic Acid for Beautiful Skin

Are you dealing with pesky bumps, scars, and patches of inflamed skin? Hormonal acne can be a concern for the skin’s appearance and your confidence.

Thanks to a skin-clearing ingredient known as salicylic acid, those conditions can soon be diminished.

The marketplace has so many ingredients infused into serums and creams that it can be a challenge to find one that works for your skin.

Like hyaluronic acid for plumping the skin, niacinamide for helping to reduce pores and retinol to carry over some anti-aging benefits, salicylic acid will be your favourite thing for your acne-prone skin.

So, what is Salicylic Acid?

Salicylic acid is in a class of medications called keratolytic agents (compounds that break down the outer layers of the skin). It is an excellent pore-clearing ingredient because it exfoliates the surface of the skin and penetrates into pores to remove oil. It helps to prevent pores from becoming clogged and can help remove clogs that have already formed.

Since salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid, it’s great for sensitive skin. It is also a good ingredient for people with oily and acne-prone skin, particularly for treating and preventing blackheads and whiteheads.

Salicylic Acid Benefits

Oily Skin - If you're struggling with oily skin, salicylic acid is a key ingredient to clean up excess oil. Since it is oil-soluble, it gets under the oil and dead skin deep inside your pores to exfoliate your pore lining and decrease oil buildup.

Prevention - SA prevents future whiteheads and blackheads from forming. By keeping pores clean, whiteheads and blackheads won't develop from excess oil or dead skin cells nesting in your skin.

Acne Bacteria - Because salicylic acid unclogs and exfoliates pores, fresh air gets into the skin and creates a more oxygen-rich environment that's less friendly to acne bacteria.

Inflammation - Salicylic acid is naturally found in willow bark and contains a chemical called salicin, which has anti-inflammatory properties that calm irritated, inflamed skin. With respect to acne, this means reduced redness, soreness, and puffiness and also a good therapy for psoriasis inflammation.


Secret Faces is a proud partner of AlumierMD medical-grade skincare. The products with salicylic acid from AlumierMD are:

Acne Balancing Serum - an advanced, lightweight acne serum that penetrates pores to reduce acne, allow the skin to heal and prevent new blemishes from forming. An innovative encapsulated salicylic acid technology provides a slow even release into the skin, minimizing irritation while extending effectiveness.

Acne Clarifying Cleanser - deep-cleanses pores and calms skin for a clearer complexion. Salicylic acid penetrates pores to help control blemishes and allow the skin to heal. Oligopeptide-10 works synergistically with salicylic acid to improve the appearance of acne. Boswellia, honey and rice bran extract soothe and hydrate skin, leaving it fresh, supple, and comfortable.

HydraSmooth Moisturizer - an ultra-light, non-comedogenic hydrator specifically formulated to restore clarity to acne-prone skin. Salicylic acid deeply penetrates pores to remove dead skin cells, help control acne pimples and allow the skin to heal. Oligopeptide-10 works synergistically with salicylic acid. Hinokitiol, sea whip and Boswellia relieve redness and irritation. Allantoin and vitamin E maintain the skin’s moisture balance and the hydrolipid barrier.

Feel free to contact Darlene to discuss your skin needs and what products work best for you.

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