Perioral Dermatitis Trigger: Salicylic acid

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Perioral Dermatitis Trigger: Salicylic acid
Salicylic acid is an acne fighting ingredient that can be found in most conventional skincare products. It is said to break up the cells in the inner lining of the skin, declogging blackheads and whiteheads.

When I was first diagnosed with PD my doc basically told me to avoid this ingredient like the plague. Salicylic acid not only gets to work on acne but can wreak havoc on anyone with Perioral Dermatitis. Salicylic acid encourages exfoliation but overtime it is said to thin the skin leaving it dry, red and sore. What amazing news this was after I had been using Clearasil (acne fighting cleanser) for 3 months on recommendation from my doctor who told me I had adult acne. My face was so red raw I couldnt even sit in the sun that Summer.

Salicylic acid can be found in all kinds of skincare products such as cleansers, moisturisers, masks, shampoos and even in your makeup. I remember I found it in my makeup primer and after a rash broke out around my lips and mouth area did I realise it was in my new ‘Carmex’ lip balm. If you deal with sensitive skin do yourself a favour and double check the ingredients in your skincare products.