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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Instead of scrubbing away dead skin cells, salicylic acid dissolves them—including the ones clogged inside the pores—while also fulfilling its duty as a facial cleanser. Adam Hurly, GQ, "How to Get Rid of Blackheads—4 Simple Tips," 23 Jan. 2018 Try: Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit Foaming Scrub, a mild face wash with soft granules that lightly exfoliates, salicylic acid to dissolve dead skin cells, and grapefruit extract to even out skin tone. Nicole Catanese, Cosmopolitan, "8 Acne-Fighting Ingredients You Need To Use Now," 23 Aug. 2017 Proactiv+ Repairing Concealer Quad, $34, which contains 1.5 percent salicylic acid to help minimize trouble spots. Brooke Shunatona, Cosmopolitan, "The 30 Best Concealers That Will Completely Cover Your Acne," 22 Mar. 2016 That Also Fights Acne Cane + Austin Miracle Pad + 30% Glycolic Facial Treatment $88, Sephora Peels with glycolic and salicylic acid, like Cane + Austin’s Miracle Pads, work to prevent acne, in addition to smoothing skin. Ashley Weatherford, The Cut, "Are You Exfoliating Your Face Wrong?," 11 July 2018 Scalp Detox had micellar water and salicylic acid in it, I was immediately intrigued. Marci Robin, Allure, "I Tried Bumble and Bumble's New Bb.Scalp Detox and It Feels Like Ice-Cold Pop Rocks," 20 Mar. 2018 For example, retinol and other exfoliating ingredients—salicylic acid, glycolic acid, and benzoyl peroxide—should not be used at the same time because the skin can get really dry. Rachel Jacoby Zoldan, SELF, "The 9 Best Skin-Care Tips I’ve Learned in 10 Years of Being a Beauty Editor," 13 July 2018 Prism is a featherlight, essence-like elixir, made with all-natural fruit acids (malic acid from apple, salicylic acid from willow bark, glycolic acid from bilberry, vitamin C from kakadu plum, and orange peel) to gently exfoliate the skin. Sarah Kinonen, Allure, "Herbivore Botanicals' New Prism Exfoliating Glow Potion Is the Prettiest Serum of the Summer," 12 July 2018 With Confidence To treat sudden breakouts, this spot treatment from Kiehl’s (formulated with oil-absorbing ginger root, salicylic acid, and frankincense) works fast to reduce the size of a lone blemish and diminish redness overnight. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "6 Ways to Get Rid of Acne for Good This Summer," 8 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- \

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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