Salicylic acid is approved by the FDA as an Over-the-Counter drug for the treatment of acne vulgaris and endorsed by the American Academy of Dermatology as a “comedolytic” agent. This refers to its ability to prevent the formation of comedones as well as break down existing ones. Salicylic acid also exfoliates the skin to improve texture and help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Overall, salicylic acid provides anti-aging benefits, smooths the skin and helps prevent and resolve blackheads and microcomedones, which are the basis of eventual acne lesions.
Salicylic acid has an excellent safety record and is well tolerated by most individuals.
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