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Nailing down your skin-care basics, like which ingredients do what and how to use which products when, is important to getting the most out of your beauty products. You should know that hyaluronic acid is great for hydration, AHAs are the gateway to glowy skin, and salicylic acid is basically your BFF when it comes to treating acne — and that’s just the beginning.
Let’s start with salicylic acid, an acne-fighting skin-care ingredient in the beta hydroxy acid (BHA) family. Found in all matters of products, from cleansers to serums, spot treatments, toners, and even moisturizers, salicylic acid is derived from willow bark and packs anti-inflammatory and antibacterial benefits, which is what makes it so great for pimples. Using products with salicylic acid in them helps increase cellular turnover and break up clogged dirt and debris stuck in your pores to promote clearer skin.
There’s no shortage of products on the market with this acne-banishing ingredient, so to make your hunt a bit easier, we rounded up the best skin-care products with salicylic acid ahead.
— Additional reporting by Wendy Gould and Morgan Ashley Parker