Salicylic acid acne products are designed to exfoliate the skin in order to reduce acne breakouts. Neutrogena Salicylic Acid Acne Treatment is what I’ve been using recently to maintain my clear skin. Salicylic acid (also called beta hydroxy acid) is able to penetrate your pores, so it can actually clean out sebum and dead skin cells inside your pores – thus reducing blackheads and whiteheads. Yay!
How to pick a salicylic acid product
There are tons of salicylic acid products out there, but not all of them are effective, or even good for your skin. A lot of them contain alcohol, which is irritating and unnecessarily drying for your skin. And some of them even contain pore cloggers, despite the fact they are intended to get rid of acne! Finally, salicylic acne treatments work best at a concentration of 1-2%, and a pH of 3-4. How the heck do you know what the pH is of a particular product? You don’t! The only way to know is to buy pH strips and test the product yourself, but I don’t even know where you’d get those, besides in a junior high science class.
Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control 3-in-1 Hydrating Acne Treatment
This Neutrogena product doesn’t contain alcohol or pore clogging ingredients, and it has a 2% salicylic acid concentration, and a pH of 3.4. How do I know the pH? I haven’t tested it myself, but this product got an excellent rating on Paula Begoun’s Beautypedia.com website, and she tested the pH. It has a light gel feel to it, and it leaves your face feeling soft and smooth. It has a light cucumber scent, which is somewhat pleasant. Even though the product has the word Hydrating in the title, after a few hours it makes my face feel dry, so it’s definitely best for someone with normal to oily skin. Before this, I was using Paula’s Choice 2% Beta Hydroxy Gel, which I like, but I wanted to try out the Neutrogena because I hate the smell of the Paula’s Choice salicylic acid product, and I like the fact that Neutrogena products are sold everywhere, so they’re cheap and easy to find.
If you read my acne cure post, you’ll see that I don’t just use salicylic acid products to control my acne – I do several different things, and salicylic acid is just one part of my personal regimen. For someone with really light acne, maybe all you would need is this product, but most people will probably need a combination of things. The Neutrogena Acne Treatment didn’t really do much to get rid of my blackheads on my nose, but that’s no surprise because I have yet to find something that really gets rid of them. Ugh. Because I use several products to control my acne, I can’t exactly test how well this product worked for me on its own, but it definitely didn’t cause breakouts, and it doesn’t have any drawbacks (except it’s a bit drying if you have dry skin). If you are in search of a salicylic acid product, definitely try this one!
If you’re going to use a salicylic acid/beta hydroxy product, definitely wear a good sunscreen because it will make your skin more sensitive to the sun. Also, salicylic acid is derived from aspirin, so you must avoid it if you’re allergic to aspirin. What’s your favorite product that contains salicylic acid?