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Editor’s Picks: 14 of the Best Salicylic Acid Products to Exfoliate, Brighten and Clear Your Skin

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Salicylic acid is best known as a treatment for acne, but there’s so much more it can do for your skin. Not only does it clear and prevent breakouts,[1] it also exfoliates your skin surface,[2] fades pigmentation[3] and even reduces fine lines and sun damage.[4]

As a BHA (beta-hydroxy acid), salicylic acid may also be gentler on your skin than other acids. It has a larger molecule size than glycolic acid, making it less irritating, and it has anti-inflammatory properties, since it’s a member of the salicylate family.[5] As long as you choose the right strength, it can safely be used as often as daily—no matter what your skin type.

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That’s why you might want to consider adding salicylic acid to your routine. Keep reading to find out what to look for, and the best formulas I’ve found.

Editor’s Picks (At a Glance)

What to Look for in a Salicylic Acid Product

The Best Salicylic Acid Products of 2022

Farmacy Deep Sweep 2 BHA Pore Cleaning Toner
Cos de BAHA S2 Salicylic Acid BHA 2 Liquid
Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2 BHA Liquid Exfoliant
Peach Slices Acne Exfoliating Toner
First Aid Beauty FAB Pharma White Clay Acne Treatment Pads
Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Serum
The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2 Solution
ClarityRx Fix It 2 Pore Perfecting Solution
SkinCeuticals Blemish Age Defense