salicylic acid

sal·​i·​cyl·​ic acid | \ ˌsa-lə-ˈsi-lik- How to pronounce salicylic acid (audio) \

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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Enter Glossier’s Zit Stick, a portable pen equipped with an antimicrobial stainless steel tip, that will deliver a spot-shrinking dose of benzoyl peroxide, tea tree oil, and salicylic acid derivative—no filter required. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "9 Fall Skin-Care Products For a Filter-Free Glow," 27 Sep. 2018 Resist the urge to dig or pick, and instead, treat it once a day with a mild toner containing salicylic acid — the same exfoliating ingredient used to beat acne. Kim Tranell, Seventeen, "Here's Everything You Need To Know About Shaving Your Vagina," 28 Feb. 2018 The new rollerball spot treatment uses salicylic acid to unclog pores and control oil production. Lori Keong, Marie Claire, "How to Get Rid of Rogue Pimples Overnight," 3 Mar. 2017 On top of that, typical acne treatments (like salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide) aren't the most effective on these blemishes. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "The K-Beauty Acropass Trouble Cure Patch Uses Microneedles to Treat Cystic Acne," 19 July 2018 For all the salicylic acid out there, there are certain ingredients to steer clear of. Leah Prinzivalli, Glamour, "How to Get Rid of a Pimple Fast: 12 Dos & Don'ts of Fighting Acne," 17 Jan. 2019 Try using an over-the-counter salicylic acid or glycolic acid wash to prevent and cure blemishes — Mario Badescu Glycolic Foaming Face Cleanser ($14, is a good pick. Mona Gohara, Good Housekeeping, "5 Reasons You're Getting Back Acne — And How to Make It Go Away," 7 Dec. 2018 Or, try one with salicylic acid for similar results (Clinique Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel). Kelsey Castañon, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About Acne — and How to Get Rid of It," 4 Dec. 2018 Unfortunately, there are no studies that compare tea tree oil with salicylic acid or sulfur, which are two other popular acne fighters. Ashley Weatherford, The Cut, "A Guide to Megan Markle’s Favorite Anti-Acne Oil," 13 July 2018

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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- How to pronounce salicylic acid (audio) \

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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