Anyone who has or has had acne knows that cleanliness goes a long way to help combat the pore clogging devil. Washing with normal soap though is not enough. Sometimes this process backfires and causes the skin to produce more sebum and react to irritation. Finding a way to cleanse the skin that is gentle as well as efficient and effective is key.
There are several products on the market which offer salicylic acid as a component. Salicylic acid is derived from white willow bark. It’s very astringent and is known to help clean out pores, clear skin of impurities, remove comedones (blackheads) and dry out existing whiteheads. Refresh sent me a complimentary sample of their Salicylic Acid 2% Acid Peel.
The Salicylic Acid peel is a liquid much like a facial toner. To apply it you need a gauze pad or cotton ball. They recommend to soak your applicator in the peel liquid and buff your cleansed skin with it (in the evening by the way). When you are done you need, I repeat NEED, to rinse your face with cold water to neutralize the acid’s action. Do not get it too close to the delicate eye region. For me that is from the top of the cheekbone all the way around the eye socket to the brow bone. If I get it even relatively close to there it burns like crazy. Also, be careful of getting it on your lips. Never thought I would have an issue near my lip line but – wowy – it stung. After rinsing apply a rich moisturizer. It may seem counter-intuitive BUT the skin does need moisture in order to heal and repair. Find an oil free facial moisturizer if oiliness is a problem for you. I was impressed how even after one use my skin felt noticeably smoother. Since I am using other anti-acne products at this time and don’t want to create an excessive dryness issue I will probably only use this once a week.
About the Product:
For acne-prone or photo-damaged skin
Our Salicylic Acid Peel is a powerful weapon against acne and signs of aging: shrinks pores, decreases excess oil production, improves skin’s texture and tone, decreases fine lines, and repairs photo-damaged skin
Salicylic Acid, a Beta-Hydroxy Acid, is a highly effective peeling agent and deep pore cleanser. Our professionally formulated peel penetrates skin’s surface to remove dead skin cells, oil, debris, and comedones. A natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, Salicylic acid kills acne-causing bacteria and reduces redness and irritation, speeds new skin turnover and collagen production for a brighter, more luminous, and clearer complexion, reduces pore size, treats problematic skin.
No artificial colors, fragrance, or preservatives.
Vegan Friendly – All botanically derived ingredients, never tested on animals
Made in the USA
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.