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Essentially Natural Salicylic Acid

Essentially Natural Salicylic Acid

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Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid (as opposed to an alpha hydroxy acid). It is a powerful anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory agent used in skincare to combat acne and provide exfoliation, and in hair care to combat dandruff.

The hydroxy acids exfoliate the top layer of skin, helping smooth and even complexion, keep pores unclogged, brighten skin and even fade dark marks and discoloration.

Learn more about working with salicylic acid.

Learn how to formulate:  The Beginner's Guide To Cosmetic Formulation

Sizes: 100g, 250g, 500g, 1kg, 5kg, 10kg or 20kg.

This product is certified: Vegan and Beauty Without Cruelty.

INCI: Salicylic Acid
  • Salicylic acid is lipophilic, meaning it can penetrate even oily skin types
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Reduces sebum production
  • Deep cleansing action by unclogging of pores and breaking apart of desmosomes to allow new cell growth
  • Dissolves skin debris that clogs pores and causes acne
  • Works best on blackheads and whiteheads
  • Has an exfoliation action
  • Helpful for dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis

Usage: 0.5-2% solution for face care, up to 3% for shampoo or body care products.

There are a few ways to incorporate salicylic acid into products and formulations. In formulations, salicylic acid requires a humectant to dissolve, which is then used in the water phase. It can be dissolved in propanediol, or to a lesser degree in glycerine. It is poorly soluble in water on its own. Gentle heating may be required to fully dissolve.

In ready-made products, the salicylic acid powder can be blended straight in without the need to dissolve it first.

Remember to check the pH of your product after adding salicylic acid, as it can lower the pH significantly. You don't want to go much lower than pH 3.5 or your skin may be irritated.

Pure salicylic powder (99-100.5% assay).

SDS available for download here

COA available for download here

Note: A Certificate of Analysis (COA) is a document sharing the outcomes of a scientific test. It helps us verify that a product meets the specified standards. These tests are conducted on product batches, so slight variations in results between different batches are normal. If the batch number on this COA doesn't match the one on the product you bought from us, please get in touch with us. This is just one recent instance. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

Do not overuse salicylic acid as it may cause dryness or irritation. Follow up with sunscreen if using in the morning/daytime, as any type of exfoliant can make your skin more susceptible to sunburn.

This natural product is for external use only. Please exercise caution and do not ingest or take internally. Store away from children, animals, sunlight and heat. If pregnant or breastfeeding, please consult with your medical care-giver before use.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 26 reviews
Robyn D'Arcy

Works well for the formulations you need them

Mary-Ann Efstratiou

Excellent service. Received my parcel the following day. The information on the site is very helpful and easy to understand. The salicylic acid was easy to work with and dissolved immediately in my infused hair oils


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