Known as a beta hydroxy acid, or “BHA”, salicylic acid first appeared in acne treatments because it is so good at cleaning out the pores. It is also a very effective exfoliant of the skin surface, making it an ideal ingredient for skin rejuvenation.
In general, salicylic acid is non-irritating and well tolerated. You may like to use a cleanser, or toner to help exfoliate the skin surface, decreasing the appearance of skin pigmentation (as in age spots and melasma). It is also extremely effective to help minimize enlarged pores and reduce acne lesions. Generally, you can expect to see a noticeable skin improvement in pore size and lessening in skin dullness within several days of starting your salicylic acid-containing products.