Though common, acne can be extremely embarrassing, especially during your teenage years when your self-esteem is already fragile. Luckily, there are a lot of treatments for acne available. Although some people’s acne is severe enough to warrant prescription drugs, most people can find effective treatment at the local drugstore.

Salicylic acid is one of the most common over-the-counter treatments for acne. Available in creams, gels, liquid astringents, medicated face wipes, face washes, and even moisturizers, this medication is as effective as it is prevalent.

Salicylic acid is a mild beta-hydroxy acid which chemically exfoliates the skin, sloughing off pore-clogging dead skin cells. Depending on the severity of the acne, the concentration of the medication varies, but most over-the-counter products do not exceed 2% salicylic acid. It penetrates deep into the pores and exfoliates the inner pore walls, leaving them clean and free of dirt and oil. Because of its effectiveness at unclogging pores, this product is especially useful if you get a lot of blackheads.

Even though it is used in low concentrations, salicylic acid can be very irritating on the skin. Luckily, there are products available which are especially designed for sensitive skin, such as gels, toners, and moisturizers. These over-the-counter acne medications usually contain only .3%-.5% salicylic acid.

One thing people love about salicylic acid products is that unlike those that use benzoyl peroxide, another common over-the-counter acne medication, salicylic acid medications don’t bleach out towels, sheets, and clothing. If you had tried most of the skin care products which none of them are effectively to give you a healthy skin, you may consider to visit Dr. Chee Yew Wen, a professional dermatologist in Singapore and get a personalized skin issue diagnostic and treatments.