Salicylic acid (also called beta hydroxy acid or BHA) is a desmolytic ingredient, which means it is able to exfoliate by dissolving the bonds that hold the dead cells to skin’s surface. Because salicylic acid is oil soluble, it also has the ability to penetrate into the pore lining and exfoliate inside the pore. This makes it especially effective for reducing breakouts, including blackheads and whiteheads.
- Best known for exfoliating/anti-acne properties
- Helps skin shed in a manner that mimics youthful skin
- Oil solubility lets it exfoliate inside the pore to alleviate breakouts, congestion, and blackheads