What The Heck Is Salicylic Acid, And Why Is It In Your Skincare?

October 3, 2014 6:25 PM

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What The Heck Is Salicylic Acid, And Why Is It In Your Skincare?

While perusing the skincare aisle at your local drugstore, you're bound to come across facial cleansers or acne creams with the words "salicylic acid" written on the packaging. From what most people gather after watching TV infomercials, that ingredient may be the solution to your breakout woes. So naturally, it's slathered on at first sight of a zit.

But do you really know what you're putting on your face? Are products containing salicylic acid safe for every skin type? Do you need to get a doctor's prescription?

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