Inside Scoop: What is Salicylic Acid?


Our new Younger + Clearer™ skin care line features wintergreen-derived salicylic acid, that treats and helps prevent future acne breakouts. Get the scoop on this plant-derived acne treatment.

What is salicylic acid?

Salicylic acid is a FDA-approved ingredient in many skin care products used for acne treatment.

How does salicylic acid work?

Salicylic acid has keratolytic properties, meaning that it helps to loosen and shed dead skin cells in the outermost layers of the skin that can dull skin appearance and clog pores. Acne-prone skin has an irregular cell-shedding mechanism that salicylic acid helps to normalize.

What does wintergreen-derived mean?

Wintergreen is a natural source of salicylic acid. Our salicylic acid is not synthetic, rather it is naturally-derived from the leaves of the wintergreen plant.

Will it work the same as other salicylic acid acne products? Does naturally-derived mean it is less effective?

The wintergreen-derived salicylic acid in our formulas meets United States Pharmacopeia (USP) standards for strength, quality, and purity to ensure effectiveness.

You’ll find wintergreen-derived salicylic acid in our:

  • Night Serum with Honestly Pure Retinol™
  • Resurfacing Cleanser
  • Spot-On Remedy


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