These Salicylic Acid Peels Will Help Dissolve Breakouts Before Your Eyes

Considering there are so many different names for acne treatments, it's easy to get lost in the jargon. Zinc, benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, etc.—it's a lot to keep up with. So if you're not sure where to begin, a safe bet may be one of the gentler variations of the mix, salicylic acid, a type of beta-hydroxy acid. Also known as SA, salicylic acid works by dissolving dead skin cells that clog pores and reducing redness and inflammation to minimize the size of breakouts. Because it makes dead skin cells enemy number one, it's helpful for dandruff (and calluses and warts). It's also a great allover exfoliator, sloughing away the top layer of skin to reveal a brighter, fresher, softer complexion.

Since salicylic is a one-two punch exfoliator meets breakout-buster, we especially love when it comes in peel form. That way, when our skin is betraying us and needs a bit of a boost, we can apply one layer all over and watch it work its skin-smoothing powers en masse (and continue using it even after the breakouts are gone). Below, our favorite salicylic acid peels for glowing, blemish-free skin. 

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