This OTC Treatment Is the Answer to Banishing Acne

Lindsey Metrus

Take a walk through any drugstore skincare aisle in search of an acne remedy and you'll be inundated with several hard-to-pronounce ingredients: benzoyl peroxide, niacinamide, and azelaic acid, to name a few. But one ingredient shines a bit brighter than most, both for its exfoliating properties and for its ability to penetrate deep into the skin to clear blemishes and blackheads. This multitasking miracle ingredient is none other than salicylic acid.

While it's also a mouthful of a name, it's pretty simple in terms of treatment. It's sold over the counter in many forms such as creams, pads, gels, and washes, and it comes highly recommended by estheticians and dermatologists. It's also great for treating a bevy of other skin problems in addition to acne. Want to know more? Keep scrolling!

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