How to Use Salicylic Acid Serum: Benefits & 5 Tips
Salicylic acid is a popular skincare ingredient that is well-known for its ability to treat acne and exfoliate the skin. However, like all skincare ingredients, it's important to use salicylic acid properly to get the best results without causing harm to your skin. Here are five things to keep in mind while using salicylic acid:
1. Start with a low concentration
Salicylic acid is available in different concentrations, ranging from 0.5% to 2%. If you're new to salicylic acid or have sensitive skin, it's best to start with a lower concentration, such as 0.5% or 1%, and gradually increase the concentration as your skin gets used to it. Using a high concentration of salicylic acid right away can cause irritation, redness, and dryness.
2. Use it as directed
As it’s an acid, it can be harsh on the skin if used incorrectly. Always read the directions on the product label before using it, and follow the instructions carefully. Use it only on the affected areas of your skin and avoid using it around your eyes, nose, and mouth and on any active acne. If you experience any discomfort or irritation, stop using it immediately.
3. Don't use it too often
While face serums containing salicylic acid are an effective exfoliant, using it too often can do more harm than good. Overuse can cause dryness, redness, and irritation, which can make your skin look worse. It's best to start using salicylic acid once or twice a week and then gradually increase the frequency if your skin can tolerate it. Always listen to your skin and adjust your usage accordingly. For instance, we recommend you start using Dig Deep Exfoliating Serum once a week and slowly build it in your routine to increase the frequency to twice a week.
4. Moisturize after using it
Salicylic acid can be drying to the skin, so it's important to moisturize your skin after using it. Look for a moisturizer that is lightweight, non-comedogenic, and free of fragrances and other irritants. Moisturizing after using salicylic acid can help to soothe the skin and prevent dryness and irritation. I also highly recommend the sandwich technique while using actives, i.e, moisturizer > active > moisturizer.
5. Be patient
Salicylic acid is not a magic cure for acne or other skin concerns. It takes time for it to work, and you may not see results right away. It can take several weeks or even months to see an improvement in your skin. Be patient and consistent with your use of salicylic acid, and don't expect overnight results.
Salicylic acid can be an effective skincare ingredient when used correctly. It's important to start with a low concentration, use it as directed, not overuse it, moisturize after using it, and be patient with the results. By following these guidelines, you can use salicylic acid to improve the appearance of your skin without causing harm or irritation. However, individuals experience different levels of sensitivity to ingredients found in various skincare products. To prevent adverse reactions, always consult a dermatologist before applying a new product to your skin.