acid has been used for many years to treat skin disorders. It is similar in many
ways to the ,
however it differs in the fact that it mixes with the lipids or fats that surround
skin cells, allowing to interact more closely with the skin cells and the hair
The true mechanism of action of salicylic acid is unknown, however
it is thought that it reduces the attachments between skin cells. In addition,
salicylic acid in known to have anti-inflammatory effects that can help with redness
and inflammatory pimples.
of salicylic acid
Salicylic acid can be found in many over the counter
products. These include but are not limited to, products like Proactiv, Clearasil,
Salicylic acid is generally very well tolerated with only
occassional irritation. Though rare, use of salicylic acid over large areas, or
use in high concentrations can lead to absorption and systemic effects. However,
this is not seen with concentrations that are readily available over the counter.