Spots Don't Stand a Chance Against This Powerful Skincare Ingredient

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While there’s no one-size-fits-all cure when it comes to fighting acne, anyone who deals with persistent blemishes knows that there are some fail-safe treatments. That’s where salicylic acid comes in—it’s one of the most common spot-busting ingredients out there, and while it sounds mildly frightening (acids equal redness, right?), it’s also one of the least irritating.

Now, that’s not to say you can layer it on and expect to see zero flakes. But compare it with the backlash you get from certain other blemish-busters and salicylic acid often comes out on top. It makes sense, then, that you’ll find it in all manner of scrubs, face masks and moisturisers, leading to many of us rubbing it into our faces daily without knowing how it works.

>Let’s change that. Keep scrolling to discover the benefits of salicylic acid and nine products that contain this pore-clearing powerhouse.