Now that you know how salicylic acid works to prevent and treat acne, here are some of our favourite products containing salicylic acid and other acne-preventing ingredients.
Murad Clarifying Cleanser, $56
There are two types of salicylic acids in this cleanser – one that cleans surface debris, the other being encapsulated in tiny spheres that burst when they get absorbed by the skin. It ensures a continued blemish treatment even after the cleanser is being washed off.
Mario Basdecu Drying Lotion, $36
This potent blemish-busting concoction contains calamine and salicylic acid that will dry and heal even the angriest of zits overnight.
GlamGlow SUPERMUD Clearing Treatment, from $35
The mud formula in this treatment mask has salicylic acid in it, alongside five other acids that work together to maintain our skin’s natural oil balance. It targets common skin woes effectively, such as redness, blemishes, scars and even ingrown hairs.
Origins Super Spot Remover Acne Treatment Gel, $33
Besides salicylic acid, the gel contains skin calming ingredients like caffeine and red algae that helps to relieve redness. The treatment is so potent that fans swear by it making zits more manageable – either drying it out, or “ripening” it so that it can be popped gently.
Cover FX Custom Blot Drops, $62
Like how facial oils in foundation work to give us a dewy finish to our skin, the formula of the Blot Drops works the opposite way. Mix it in with your favourite serum, moisturiser, foundation (and even primer!) for a matte finish. This is especially useful for folk with oily skin, for it helps to absorb oil and shine.