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Expert Shares How Often You Should Use Salicylic Acid

Salicylic acid helps in unblocking the clogged pores and exfoliating gently, giving you clear, acne-free skin.
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If you have acne-prone skin, you must have heard about salicylic acid quite a few times. But did you try it yet? Salicylic acid has become one of the most talked-about ingredients lately. This one is known to be the best remedy for acne. You will commonly find this ingredient on acne skin care products today. 

Salicylic acid belongs to the family of chemical exfoliants called beta hydroxy acid. It is derived from the bark of the willow tree. This one ingredient has changed the beauty game recently but there is so much you need to know about this acid that dermatologists today rely on. 

Using a product packed with salicylic acid, however, won't work. It is crucial to know how you should make it a part of your beauty routine to get results out of it. If not used correctly, salicylic acid can have a negative impact on our skin.

So, we spoke to Dr. Noopur Jain, MD Dermatology, and asked her to share all about salicylic acid, right from its benefits to usage to side effects. Read on. 

Benefits Of Salicylic Acid

  • Salicylic acid helps soothe your skin.
  • It helps combat acne. Salicylic acid reduces oil production on the skin. 
  • Salicylic acid helps reduce the appearance of blemishes.
  • Using this ingredient helps unblock clogged pores and exfoliates your skin.

How To Use Salicylic Acid?

Salicylic acid should be used in a small amount to the affected area and rubbed into the skin gently. It can be applied 2-3 times a day or as directed by the dermatologist. 

How Often Should You Use Salicylic Acid?

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The expert shared that salicylic acid is like a magic potion for your skin and thus it can be used every day. However, it’s important to first test how it works on your skin by applying it once a day and see if it causes any irritation or damage according to your skin type. If not, you can then use it more than once a day with different products like face washes, toners, serums, etc.

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How Long Does Salicylic Acid Take To Show Results?

Just like any other product, salicylic acid doesn't show any overnight results but it takes at least 3-4 months to show visible and obvious results on your skin. However, after every use, it does visibly give you a fresher look. 

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Side Effects Of Using Salicylic Acid

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The expert shared that salicylic acid is majorly for people who face oily skin or are prone to breakouts due to oily skin and when people with normal skin use it, it can induce a little bit of dryness. She recommended doing a patch test before use all over your face to avoid any immediate irritation or breakouts/burns.

Salicylic acid is indeed one of the best ingredients for you if you have acne-prone skin. However, to make the most of this ingredient, make sure you use it right. We hope these tips from our expert help you benefit from this ingredient. 

If you have any questions related to salicylic acid or acne-prone skin, write to us on our Facebook page and we will get your queries answered by our expert. For more such stories, stay tuned! 


Your skin and body like you are unique. While we have taken all measures to ensure that the information provided in this article and on our social media channels is credible and expert verified, we recommend you consult a doctor or your dermatologist before trying a home remedy, quick hack or exercise regime. For any feedback or complaint, reach out to us at compliant_gro@jagrannewmedia.com