The Trend Taking the Aesthetics Industry by Storm: Salicylic Acid

As a leading aesthetics clinic and training provider, at SkinViva we are always researching the latest industry trends and looking out for emerging technologies so we can deliver the best results for our clients and teach our clinicians the newest treatments and techniques.

The latest big skin trend in the UK is salicylic acid, a craze that first originated with a new wave of beauty influencers on TikTok. Interest in the treatment has rapidly grown due to recommendations on social media but the majority of the influencers who are recommending it are not skin experts and have no aesthetics qualifications.

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    What is salicylic acid treatment?

    Salicylic acid is a type of acid that is suitable for acne treatment which derives from willow bark. The acid is very oil-soluble, which makes it very effective at penetrating skin pores. This means that salicylic acid reaches deeper levels of skin compared to other skincare products that are water-soluble.

    When using salicylic acid on the face, it unclogs pores and is especially effective in clearing blackheads and whiteheads. It works by dissolving the skin debris that clogs up pores and it also acts as an inflammatory, so any red spots will clear up faster.

    As well as helping to clear pores, salicylic acid is very good at exfoliating the skin by softening and sloughing of the top layer of skin cells to allow healthier skin to grow. Many beauty influencers on TikTok have been raving about the success of salicylic acid and have shared some of the amazing results in helping people to reduce the appearance of acne.

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    Can anyone use salicylic acid?

    Although products such as salicylic acid and salicylic face wash are usually safe for people to use, using too much of it can irritate the skin. Aesthetics experts advise that salicylic acid should not be used by pregnant people or people taking certain medication such as blood thinners.

    If you are interested in exploring the type of results that salicylic acid can achieve, the best place to start is by having an expert consultation with Sam, our skin P.T. At SkinViva, we provide a skincare therapist to discuss your needs and the different types of treatments that are available to get the results that you are looking for.

    Our expert recommendations tailored to your needs

    Our medical microneedling treatment is one of the most successful ways of treating acne scars, stimulating the regeneration of new, healthier skin cells. A trained sin therapist will assess your skin condition and recommend the safest and most effective type of treatment for reducing acne and improving your skin texture and tone.

    We also work with the industry-leading, results led, Neostrata skin health products & fabulous revision range, providing a skin assessment to develop a daily skincare routine that will be most effective in treating acne or other skin conditions. The award-winning products are exceptional in treating acne, inflammation, ageing and hyperpigmentation and are a ‘go to’ range for leading dermatologists.

    Book your consultation with a SkinViva clinician so we can find the best possible treatment for your skin type and the results that you are looking to achieve.

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