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Salicylic Acid

Our database includes 2646 products that contain Salicylic Acid.

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What it is



Good for Oily Skin
Large Pores
Scar Healing


Dry Skin


Salicylic Acid (also known as beta hydroxy acid or BHA) is one of the most well-known ingredients for treating skin that struggles with blackheads and acne. It helps to exfoliate both the skin's surface and pores, and also acts as an anti-inflammatory agent.

This multitasking property makes it a great ingredient for cleaning out pores, controlling oil production, and reducing inflammation.

Unlike AHAs which are water soluble, Salicylic Acid is oil soluble. This means that it's able to exfoliate the inside of pores and reduce blackheads.

Concentrations of 0.5-2% are recognized by the U.S. FDA as an over-the-counter topical acne product.

It can cause irritation and/or dryness if one's skin already has a compromised moisture barrier, so it's best to focus on repairing that before introducing a Salicylic Acid into your routine.

In general, Salicylic Acid is a great ingredient for oily acne-prone skin.

While salicylic acid does not increase sun-sensitivity, we still recommend wearing SPF.

If you are looking for the ingredient called BHA or Butylated Hydroxyanisole, click here.

People also like: Niacinamide, Hyaluronic Acid, Retinol

People also dislike: Niacinamide, Hyaluronic Acid, Alcohol

Salicylic Acid is a somewhat common cosmetic ingredient, with about 6.3% of the products in our database containing it.

Community Stats

21696 people from our community have liked or disliked this ingredient.

Users who like it 💖

Often have the following skin types:

Oily Combination

Usually have one or more of the following skin concerns:

Seborrheic Dermatitis • Oiliness • Hormonal Acne • Acne

Users who dislike it 💔

Often have the following skin types:

Sensitive Dry

Usually have one or more of the following skin concerns:

Seborrheic Dermatitis • Sensitivity • Dryness • Redness

Where it's used

Salicylic Acid is most often found as ingredient number 11 within an ingredient list.

Of the 228 products in our database that have a known concentration of Salicylic Acid, we've seen concentrations from 0.01% to 40% specified within their ingredient lists.

These are the categories of products that use Salicylic Acid the most:

CosIng Data

  • CosIng ID: 37595
  • INN Name: salicylic acid
  • EC #:  200-712-3
  • Ph. Eur. Name: acidum salicylicum
  • All Functions: Antidandruff, Hair Conditioning, Keratolytic, Masking, Preservative, Skin Conditioning
What is CosIng?

CosIng is the European Commission database for information on cosmetic substances and ingredients.

SkinSort uses CosIng to source some of it's data on ingredient names and functions.