Can Salicyclic Acid Cause Acne?


If you’ve found this article I’m going to guess that you’ve heard about all the wonderful benefits of acids and decided to take the plunge and buy some. But much to your dismay your skin, instead of finally getting glowing skin, your skin broke out. In some cases even worse than you’ve seen before. What the hell is going on?

Is your skin purging because of a product or is the product the cause of your breakout. Firstly, let’s explore what skin purging is.

Skin purging, it’s real

Dermatologists agree that skin purging can happen especially from ingredients like; lactic acid, glycolic acid, salicylic acid and retinol because they cause cell turnover to increase.

Because acne/breakouts start as microcomedones (the thing that occurs when the sebaceous duct and pore opening becomes blocked by excess sebum and dead skin cells), products that increase the turnover of skin can help to reveal these microcomedones earlier, or in an accelerated way.

With continued use the breakout should subside if the product that you thin caused it contains one of the above ingredients.

But what if the product in question doesn’t contain the above ingredients?

Well, that a very clear indication that you may want to stop use sooner.

Itching, redness, or irritation along with a breakout are definite signs your skin is simply sensitive to the formula and you the product will likely continue to irriate you with use.

Ingredient that this particularly pertains to include; shea butter, silicones, and oil-based products which may actually clog your pores.

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