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How To Fight Acne With Salicylic Acid: Tips From A Dermatologist

It's a key ingredient to look for in anti-acne products.

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You know how when you’re wearing a face mask, your mouth and chin start to sweat profusely after a while? Not only does it feel gross, but it makes that area a hotspot for pimples to form.

So yes, face masks have made acne a more prevalent skin concern. But the good news is acne is totally preventable and treatable—and the right person to help you with this is a dermatologist.

Lucky for us, board-certified dermatologist Dr. Coreen Sampedro shares her expertise on everything acne-related, like the right products and ingredients! Dr. Coreen highlights one ingredient in particular: SALICYLIC ACID.

Salicylic acid is the ingredient to look for in anti-acne products.

Acne usually forms when your pores get clogged with dead skin cells and excess oil. This is all the more aggravated when you have a mask on. “There’s a lot of good ingredients to prevent acne.” Dr. Coreen shares. “The most basic is salicylic acid, which is a BHA [beta hydroxy acid]. It helps exfoliate superficial layers of the skin and it clears pores.” Salicylic acid can penetrate through oil and exfoliate deep within your pores to lift and remove impurities. By sloughing off dead skin cells and keeping the pores clear, this acid is able to reduce the chances of acne forming.

“You can add other things to [salicylic acid] such as AHAs, a chemical exfoliant,” Dr. Coreen continues. “If it’s deep or cystic acne, you can go to a dermatologist and be prescribed an antibiotic. But in general, if the acne is not cystic, topical solutions should be enough.”

Even for acne-prone sensitive skin, salicylic acid is a mild acid that’s safe to use.

For acne-prone sensitive skin types, Dr. Coreen strongly advises using anti-acne products with salicylic acid. “It’s one of the milder acids. For sensitive skin, it’s safe to use unless you have an allergy to it or your skin is extremely sensitive.”

In case you were looking for something that's a little more gentle and suited for your sensitive skin while still getting the job done, Garnier’s Anti-Acne Cleanser is a great example of an anti-acne product with salicylic acid. It helps exfoliate your pores, remove excess oil, and fight acne-causing bacteria. It is also dermatologically tested and gently cleanses, making it suitable for those with acne-prone sensitive skin as well. The result: clearer and brighter skin.

With regular use, Garnier's dermatologically-tested Anti-Acne Cleanser reduces acne and acne marks, with 90% of users seeing results in just seven days!

Check out the acne skin transformations of content creators Pauline Gaston and Miss Nate after they tried the Garnier Anti-Acne Cleanser themselves!

You can shop the Garnier Anti-Acne Cleanser online via Watsons, Lazada, and Shopee.

Watch the first episode of #DermaDatesWithGarnier to learn more:

Disclaimer: Dr. Coreen Sampedro is not an endorser of the brand and her participation is not for product promotion or advertisement. The opinions and information stated in this live are her own and should not be taken to represent the opinion of her professional societies.

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