The ingredient in products that many of us associate with acne is actually the same natural and highly moisturizing acid found in vegetables.
In this article, I explain how to get salicylic acid off skin once you’ve plucked a blemish or two.
How to Get Salicylic Acid Off Your Skin
Here are some tips on how to get salicylic acid off skin:
1. Use warm water
You should start by using warm water on your face in order to soften up your skin and make it easier for you to scrub off the residue from your face.
However, if you don’t want to use hot water, then warm water will be fine as well.
This will help loosen up the residue on the surface of your face so that you can easily rub it off with a sponge or cloth.
2. Use a gentle soap
Next up, you should use a gentle soap like Dove or Neutrogena antibacterial soap in order to cleanse off any remaining residue from your face.
Make sure that this soap does not contain alcohol as this will dry out your skin even more and make things worse than they already are!
3. Apply ice cubes to the affected area
Ice cubes work as an astringent on our skin by tightening it and reducing inflammation caused due to acne breakouts or any other skin condition like psoriasis or eczema.
Take some ice cubes in a plastic bag and apply them gently over the affected area for 2 minutes before rinsing off with cold water.
4. Rinse with water
The best way to remove salicylic acid from your face is by rinsing with water.
This will help you clean off any remaining residue on your skin after using the product, which will prevent irritation and redness.
5. Use a cleanser
This will also help to remove the salicylic acid from your skin.
6. Apply moisturizer afterwards
Moisturizer will help to repair any damage done by the salicylic acid and keep your skin healthy and hydrated.
Is It Best to Use Warm or Cold Water When Removing Salicylic Acid From Skin?
• Warm water
If you’ve got a lot of oil on your skin, warm water will soften up the skin and enable you to clean it off more easily.
• Cold water
If you’re wearing makeup and want to remove it with salicylic acid, cold water will close your pores so that the product can be washed off more easily.
This is also good if your skin has clogged pores or blackheads.
• Lukewarm water
For oily skin that’s prone to breakouts and acne, washing with warm water is best because it will open up their pores and help remove dirt from deep down in them (whereas cold water can cause them to close).
How Long Should You Leave Salicylic Acid on Your Face?
Salicylic acid is a keratolytic agent, which means it causes the cells of your skin to shed more easily.
That’s why it’s so helpful for clearing sores and zits: as soon as you apply your salicylic acid toner or exfoliant, those skin cells start coming up to the surface of your face in one big mucusy mess.
It can feel gross—and sometimes even sting—but this purge is necessary if you want to clear up your blemish.
So how long should you leave salicylic acid on?
The general rule of thumb with all acids (not just salicylic) is 10 minutes total contact time at most; less if possible.
If you have sensitive skin, stay under five minutes total contact time with salicylic acid products every day (again, not just on problem areas).
Salicylic acid is a great way to get rid of your acne, but if you don’t know how to use it properly then it can do more harm than good.
In this article, we’ve talked about how to get salicylic acid off the skin as well as some tips for preventing future breakouts.
It’s important to note that all skin types react differently so what works for one person may not work for another.