Why is it that acne always seems to pop up when you want it least? It’s almost as if that zit is just waiting for a big date or a formal event to rear its ugly head right in the center of your cheek. When blemishes are ruining your plans, it’s time to pull out the best weapon in your over-the-counter arsenal: salicylic acid.
Don’t be too embarrassed to browse the anti-acne section of your local drug store – blemishes don’t magically vanish as soon as you say goodbye to your teenage years. In fact, adult acne is a common affliction for lots of women over age 30, and the same pads and creams that worked when you were 15 will work just as well when you’re 35.
The ingredient that you want to look for in your acne washes and creams is salicylic acid, a beta hydroxy acid that’s commonly used as an exfoliant and acne-fighter. You can find it in lotions, pads and even many kinds of foundation and concealer designed to help clear up your skin.
But if you’re planning on using this powerful medicine to fight your blemishes, remember one thing: a little goes a long way. Too much salicylic acid will dry out your skin and can leave you worse off than you were before. So wash once daily with products infused with this potent ingredient and apply plenty of (oil-free) lotion to keep your skin hydrated.