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Salicylic Acid

Our database has 724 products that contain Salicylic Acid.


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 the skin's surface and pores, and also acts as an anti-inflammatory agent.

Unlike AHAs which are water souluble, 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.

Salicylic Acid is a somewhat common cosmetic ingredient, with about 7.59% of the products in our database containing it.

Also known as: BHA

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

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