Preventing pimple popping! Why you need Salicylic Acid in your skincare routine

Pimples, pustules and blackheads galore! Put your hands up if you're a notorious pimple popper?

Whilst many of us know that it is never a good idea to pop, sometimes it's just too hard to resist!

One of the best ingredients that you can incorporate into your skincare regime to help prevent the pop (daily or weekly depending on your skin concerns) is Salicylic Acid!

Salicylic Acid is one of the best-known Beta-Hydroxy Acids (BHA) which help to dissolve the glue that bonds dead skin cells and fresh new skin cells. Imagine your skin is like the tiles in your shower and the glue is the grout - Salicylic Acid helps to dissolve the bonds in the 'grout' and removes the dead skin, leaving you with a fresh and glowy complexion!

Salicylic Acid is particularly beneficial as it is one of the only acids that can clean the inside of your pores! It is extremely effective in minimising the appearance of pores, reducing blemishes in the skin, helping with skin texture making it smooth and keeping your skin looking bright! When you use Salicylic Acid regularly the rest of your amazing skincare actives will absorb more effectively.

We’ve included some of our favourite products containing Salicylic Acid below!


The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution - treatment can be applied daily directly to any spots or areas of concern (think nose, cheeks, chin etc). An effective and targeted treatment to help keep the skin clear and smooth! 

Paula's Choice 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant - a cult favourite daily toner that helps to minimise pore size and help battle any 

Dr Dennis Gross Alpha-Beta Daily peel - a gentle and effective daily exfoliation step that keeps skin smooth and helps your makeup look flawless!


The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% - this iconic red bottle can be used twice weekly as a mask treatment to help smooth skin, brighten overall complexion and assist with any pesky blemishes!

Herbivore Blue Tansy AHA + BHA Resurfacing Clarity Mask - the perfect blend of AHA, Willow Bark (a natural BHA) and Blue Tansy to help fight any blemishes, keep skin clear and assist with oil production!

Omorovicza Silver Skin Saviour - the ultimate spa experience in the comfort of your own home! This mask is formulated with Salicylic Acid and Niacinamide to help combat textural issues so it's smooth, soft and bright! It is also powered with Colloidal silver which is a powerful anti-bacterial!