Salicylic acid (acetylsalicylic acid, aspirin) in lotions and gels can be used to treat skin pathology. Everyone knows that aspirin has an anti-inflammatory effect, and in this article we will examine in detail how effective it is in treating acne and acne.
Salicylic acid for acne and acne
Any dermatologist knows that salicylic acid is not equally effective in treating acne and acne. With acne, it has a good effect (especially in patients with oily skin), but with classic acne, its effect leaves much to be desired and is significantly inferior to benzoyl peroxide-based preparations, as well as antibiotic gels for topical use.
It is very important to understand the difference between acne and acne. Acne is nothing but congestion in the pores of the skin, consisting of sebum (secreted by the sebaceous glands) and exfoliated dead epithelial cells. Acne may look like black dots in the pores of the skin (Fig. 1), or as white bumps on the skin's surface (Fig. 2). A pimple is an inflamed hair follicle (Figure 3).
Acne is formed from acne when bacteria are attached to it. The diagram (4 ab) shows that there is a hair follicle in the depth of each skin pore. The sebaceous glands secrete sebum into the lumen of the follicle and it falls through the pore to the surface of the skin. When a cork (acne) forms in a pore, this results in a closed space where sebum accumulates. This creates excellent conditions for the reproduction of bacteria inside the follicle.
1. Action of acetylsalicylic acid in acne -
Acetylsalicylic acid is capable of dissolving plugs in the pores of the skin. It also (due to the acidic environment) helps to exfoliate the superficial dead skin cells, which also contributes to the release of pores from the plugs. It has a good degreasing effect, so it is especially good to use it if you have oily skin.
Keep in mind that regular use of salicylic acid causes dryness, flaking, burning and itching of the skin (in people with oily skin, these side effects will be less pronounced). It is also worth noting that such products are not recommended for people with dark skin, because their use causes focal skin lightening.
Lotions or gels with acetylsalicylic acid concentrations of 0.5% or 2% are used to treat acne. An example would be Clearasil products (Clearasil) in the form of a lotion, cream and gel. Also in pharmacies you can find salicylic lotion for acne "Delex Acne" based on salicylic acid. Good European manufacturers: "Neutrogena Rapid Clear Acne" (Neutrogena), Oxy, Stridex, Dermarest ...
Salicylic acid-based drugs, although used to treat acne, are still significantly outdated. Today, all over the world, retinoids and azelaic acid are used primarily to treat acne, and last but not least - lotions and gels with aspirin. Read more about what drugs are preferable to treat acne, read the article:
→ "How to treat acne at home"
2. Acetylsalicylic acid with acne -
Salicylic acid for acne - reviews of its wonderful properties are greatly exaggerated. Such reviews are left, as a rule, not by dermatologists and cosmetologists, but by bloggers and programmers writing articles to increase the attendance of their projects.
In reality, the effect of salicylic acid is very mild, and in many patients with acne, the effect of treatment may not be observed at all. Salicylic acid is more or less effective in treating acne, and it is also not bad when facial peeling is performed on patients with oily skin.
throughout the civilized world, benzoyl peroxide-based products and antibiotic gels for local use are used exclusively by dermatologists and cosmetologists for the treatment of acne. For severe forms of acne, these two groups of drugs can also be combined with retinoids and oral antibiotics. In more detail, about these preparations and schemes of their use for acne, read the article:
→ "Dermatologist's Acne Treatment Tips"
Aspirin for Acne: Summary
Use salicylic acid only in the following cases -
1) You have acne, not acne.
2) You have oily skin and you need a lotion for degreasing.
Do NOT use salicylic acid in cases -
1) You have acne, not acne (here it is much more efficient to use benzoyl peroxide based lotions and gels, as well as antibiotic gels).
2) You have dry skin that requires constant moisture.
Some words about other preparations containing aspirin:
- Salicylic Acne Ointment: reviews
ointment forms of drugs should not be used in the treatment of acne or acne. All ointments are made on fatty components, which means that rubbing the ointment into the skin will cause even more clogged pores with fatty stoppers. Thus, salicylic acne ointment will increase the number of acne.
- Salicylic zinc paste for acne: reviews
this paste is made on the basis of vaseline, i.e. It contains many fatty components that clog pores. As in the previous case, this will lead to an increase in the number of acne.
- Salicylic alcohol for acne: reviews
the use of such alcohol on a regular basis will cause severe dry skin, whitening of the surface layers of the skin. It is advisable to use low-alcohol solutions, which are produced by manufacturers of skin care products, because there are carefully selected concentrations, as well as skin moisturizing supplements.
We hope that our article on the topic: Salicylic Acid, the use of acne - was useful to you!
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