What happens when you use salicylic acid every day

Michaella Bolder, a skincare expert, told Harper’s Bazaar, “Salicylic acid 0.5 percent or 2 percent is always best for acne sufferers and oily skin types as this mild ingredient effectively regulates your sebum production while the antibacterial properties work to eliminate bacteria on the surface of the skin. In my opinion, it is always best when built into a cleanser and is safe to use daily at this stage.”

Like most things, however, salicylic acid shouldn’t be used in excess, particularly when pairing it with other skincare products. Using salicylic acid in conjunction with other strong exfoliation routines, for instance, should be avoided because it can cause extreme dryness.

Dermatologist Rachel Nazarian cautions that you can overdo salicylic acid. People with sensitive skin (like rosacea), those who take medication (like blood thinners), are pregnant, or have an aspirin allergy should probably avoid salicylic acid as well. “The primary negative side effect of salicylic acid is its ability to irritate and dry skin in those that are very sensitive or those who overuse it,” she explained.

Experts recommend that when you first start using salicylic acid in your skincare regimen, you should use it every other day to see how your skin responds. After about two weeks, if you skin is happy, you can increase to daily use.

While there are plenty of skincare products that aren’t worth the money, salicylic acid can be an incredibly useful part of your daily routine.

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