Most ancient civilizations like Greek, roman and even Cherokee nations knew that bark of willow tree had properties to reduce pain and fever. As modern medicine developed, new use of salicylic acid derived from this bark was also discovered. It was seen that salicylic acid is a great deterrent for skin problems like acne and warts. It was also highly effective in reducing the first signs of aging—fine lines and wrinkles!
Now let’s see how salicylic acid is great for skin treatments:
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- For exfoliating the skin: If you want to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in your face, make sure you use an exfoliator with salicylic acid in it. This acid has a deep penetrating property; it will go deep into your facial skin and remove those layers responsible for the appearance of these wrinkles and fine lines. There is an unblemished skin beneath; salicylic acid by encouraging the top layer to shed brings it out! That is why many reputed skin care brands make this acid a component in their anti-aging range of beauty products. In order to balance the shedding, generally moisturizer is added to make the redness go away and also to nourish the new skin.
- For removing dead skin: In order to renew itself, our skin needs to breadth. For that it needs to regularly remove the dead cells that are naturally formed on the topmost layer of our skin. When these dead cells are removed, the pores in our face remain unclogged which in turn helps the skin to breadth. Such a healthy skin is less prone to development of fine lines and wrinkles, the bane of women growing old! If you start using salicylic acid, this process will be greatly helped. But it won’t be an overnight miracle; you have to use it for at least three months to see the complete removal of dead skins and emergence of a healthy skin. However, don’t make the mistake of thinking that if you use it frequently, this process will be shorter! Salicylic acid is still an acid; use it without care and it will cause skin irritation along with burns and bruising. So the best way to undergo this kind of salicylic acid treatment is by seeing how is skin is reacting to it. If the above mentioned problems occur, stop its usage immediately.
- For encouraging cell growth: Articles published in reputed journals like International Journal of Cosmetic Science say that salicylic acid is also responsible for the increase in production of ingredients that ultimately lead to collagen chain regrowth. The breaking of this chain is the reason why wrinkles appear in the first place! So you can understand, by encouraging skin to reform its collagen chain, creams and lotions with salicylic acid can effectively reduce the appearance of wrinkles.