salicylic acid

sal·​i·​cyl·​ic acid | \ˌsa-lə-ˈsi-lik- \

Definition of salicylic acid 

: a crystalline phenolic acid C7H6O3 that is used medicinally especially as a skin exfoliant and in the form of salts and other derivatives as an analgesic and antipyretic — compare aspirin

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Most spot treatments contain varying percentages of either salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide as active ingredients. Sophie Wirt, Allure, "The 14 Best Acne Spot Treatments That Get Rid of Pimples Fast," 25 Apr. 2018 There is salicylic acid & LHA to exfoliate and decongest pores. Micaela English, Town & Country, "The 4-Step Skin Care Plan I Am Hooked On For Life," 18 Mar. 2015 The salicylic acid in aspirin is an effective cleaning agent, working the same way that other acidic substances like vinegar and lemon juice do. 2. Staff, Woman's Day, "5 Ways with... Aspirin," 9 June 2010 The brand relied on tried and true zit-fighting ingredients for the pen, filling the pink and red tube with a combination of 5 percent benzoyl peroxide and capryloyl salicylic acid. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "Of Course Glossier Found a Way to Make a Zit Stick Cute," 5 Sep. 2018 Designed to cover and treat acne-prone skin, this loose powder combines powerful breakout-clearing ingredients (salicylic acid) with soothing oat protein to calm irritation and in just three weeks, improve overall texture and clarity. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "7 Face Powders That Will Replace Your Foundation This Fall," 20 Aug. 2018 Scalp exfoliators typically remove dead skin with either small amounts of salicylic acid (more commonly found in acne products), or granules that dissolve. Kathleen Hou, The Cut, "How to Get Rid of Dandruff," 6 June 2018 Another simple age-defying fix is to swap your cleanser for one with salicylic acid. Adam Hurly, GQ, "The Best Anti-Aging Products to Benjamin Button Your Face," 17 Mar. 2018 These clear, tiny, round adhesives coat your skin with a dose of acne-reducing dose of salicylic acid and also seal the area so more bacteria can't creep in. Carly Cardellino, Cosmopolitan, "15 Acne-Causing Behaviors You Didn’t Even Know You Were Doing," 10 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of salicylic acid

1840, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for salicylic acid

French salicylique, from salicyle, the group HOC6H4CO, from salicine salicin + -yle -yl

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salicylic acid

sal·​i·​cyl·​ic acid | \ˌsal-ə-ˌsil-ik- \

Medical Definition of salicylic acid 

: a crystalline phenolic acid C7H6O3 that is the ortho form of hydroxybenzoic acid and is used especially in making pharmaceuticals and dyes, as an antiseptic and disinfectant especially in treating skin diseases, as a keratolytic agent for skin exfoliation, and in the form of salts and other derivatives as an analgesic and antipyretic and in the treatment of rheumatism — see aspirin

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