Where does salicylic acid (aka BHA) come from?
Salicylic acid can be derived from the wintergreen plant and from the bark and leaves of the willow tree. It’s been used as part of natural medicinal remedies for many hundreds of years and is the key ingredient in aspirin.
You can find salicylic acid in Votary Blemish Rescue Oil and Super Glow Mask.
How does it work?
Salicylic is a clever, natural exfoliant. It penetrates the stratum corneum and breaks down the excess sebum which has caused the skin cells to clump together. The outer layers of the skin are sloughed off and shed. They literally flake away. Blocked pore content is dissolved and the sebum flow is unobstructed once more. Skin is calmed and soothed.
Salicylic acid also helps reduce scarring and redness once the blemishes have disappeared. It sloughs off the damaged skin and encourages new, fresh skin to emerge. Ongoing use of salicylic acid means that the compacted skin doesn’t build up in the first place, so sebum production isn’t blocked. That’s why our new Super Glow Mask works brilliantly twice-weekly on an oily t-zone.
How does salicylic acid improve the way skin looks?
Salicylic can help three things to happen:
1/ Used regularly on blemished or oily skin, it stops the build-up of compacted, dead skin cells so the skin doesn’t get blocked or congested. Dead skin is shed promptly as part of a healthy skin cycle.
2/It helps regulate the natural flow of sebum to the skin’s surface. The skin then has the correct levels of oils/lipids to be moisturised, protected and comfortable.
3/ It clears and refines pores so they don’t become blocked again. Its naturally anti-bacterial properties also mean everything is kept super-clean which avoids secondary infection or inflammation.