Salicylic Acid Powder
Salicylic Acid Powder

Salicylic Acid Powder

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CAS: 69-72-7

INCI: Salicylic Acid

Chemical Structure:

  • Salicylic acid is a beta-hydroxy acid (BHA) with the chemical name 2-hydroxybenzoic acid. It is a white crystalline powder at room temperature.

Function and Uses:

  1. Exfoliation: Salicylic acid is known for its exfoliating properties. It penetrates the pores of the skin and helps to remove dead skin cells, preventing the clogging of pores.

  2. Acne Treatment: One of its primary uses is in the treatment of acne. Salicylic acid can penetrate oil and exfoliate within the follicle, making it effective for treating and preventing acne breakouts.

  3. Keratolytic Action: It has a keratolytic effect, meaning it helps to soften and loosen the outer layer of the skin, promoting skin renewal.

  4. Anti-Inflammatory: Salicylic acid has anti-inflammatory properties, making it useful in calming redness and irritation associated with various skin conditions.

  5. Treatment of Warts and Calluses: Salicylic acid is sometimes used in over-the-counter products for the removal of warts and calluses.

Common Applications:

  • Salicylic acid is a key ingredient in a variety of skincare products, including cleansers, toners, spot treatments, masks, and peels. It is also used in some medicated shampoos and scalp treatments.


  1. Acne Control: Salicylic acid is effective in controlling acne by unclogging pores and reducing inflammation.

  2. Exfoliation: Regular use can lead to smoother skin texture and a more even complexion.

  3. Oil Control: It helps regulate oil production, making it beneficial for individuals with oily or combination skin.

  4. Treatment of Skin Conditions: Apart from acne, it is used in treating various skin conditions, such as psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis.


  • Salicylic acid may cause skin dryness, especially with overuse. It is essential to follow product instructions and use it as directed.
  • Some individuals may be sensitive to salicylic acid, and patch testing is recommended.

Regulatory Status:

  • Salicylic acid is approved by regulatory authorities for use in over-the-counter (OTC) skincare and cosmetic products at regulated concentrations.

Usage Instructions:

  • Products containing salicylic acid should be used according to the instructions provided by the manufacturer or healthcare professional.
  • Sunscreen usage is recommended when using salicylic acid, as it may increase sensitivity to the sun.

Certificate of Analysis - Material Safety Data Sheet

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