Salicylic Acid

Salicylic acid is the way to go to shrink the look of pores, and reduce blackheads and acne. Gets rid of excess dead skin cells that can clog pores and contribute to breakouts. Look for concentrations of 0.5 – 2%. 

 
 
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with occasional breakouts and acne, you'll want to choose a serum with salicylic acid, which helps to unclog pores

HARVARD HEALTH, HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL

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It can take 6 to 8 weeks for treatment to work. Stick with it.

 

 
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A review of four clinical studies and a comedolytic assay attests to the efficacy and safety of 0.5% and 2% solutions of salicylic acid for the treatment of acne vulgaris

CLINICAL THERAPEUTICS JOURNAL

 
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In a 4 week study
of 30 patients, 
2% salicylic acid beat 10% benzoyl peroxide

 

CLINICAL THERAPEUTICS JOURNAL