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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Recent Examples on the Web Over-the-counter treatments that contain benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid are a great place to start, but if acne persists, ask your dermatologist about prescription medications like retinol, Aczone, or spironolactone. Audrey Noble, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Get Rid of Acne Scars—Forever," 21 Dec. 2020 Use a pore strip first and follow by applying a salicylic acid gel before bed. Dori Price, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Rid of Blackheads, According to Skincare Pros and Dermatologists," 1 Dec. 2020 According to both Mona Gohara, an associate clinical professor at Yale School of Medicine, department of dermatology, and Ginger King, a cosmetic chemist, salicylic acid is a key ingredient to look out for. Devon Abelman, Allure, "The 17 Best Foundations for Acne-Prone Skin," 22 Dec. 2020 At levels available over the counter, salicylic acid will give better anti-acne benefits than retinol. Nicole Saunders, NBC News, "11 Best retinol creams and retinol serums for acne and wrinkles," 23 Oct. 2020 According to Murphy-Rose, options for chemical exfoliation include topical lotions, creams, or serums that contain glycolic acid and lactic acid (AHAs), salicylic acid (a BHA), gluconolactone (a PHA), and urea. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "A Guide to Managing Keratosis Pilaris This Season," 28 Nov. 2020 Superficial peels lift surface cells with a glycolic or salicylic acid solution. Julie Ricevuto, Allure, "The Science of Beauty: Acids for Skin Care Ingredient Guide," 19 Nov. 2020 This sumptuous scrub from Sunday Riley is packed with clarifying ingredients like charcoal and salicylic acid. Rachel Feltman, Popular Science, "Skincare gifts that are actually worth the splurge," 17 Nov. 2020 And while there are a slew of skin care products made for acne-prone skin — sunscreen, Differin gel and salicylic acid — washing your brushes can help prevent the spread of acne-causing bacteria in the first place. NBC News, "Best makeup brush cleaner 2020: How to clean makeup brushes," 13 Nov. 2020

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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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The first known use of salicylic acid was in 1840

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“Salicylic acid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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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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