Salicylic acid is an exfoliant that sheds off dead skin cells by penetrating deep into the pore lining and inhibiting sebum production. It refines pores by solubilizing with oil/keratin present in the pores and giving a clean, bright, and blemish-free skin. Research also shows that SA has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties that help to reduce and prevent mild acne.
Any active ingredient that promotes cell turnover can cause purging in certain people, especially with sensitive or acne-prone skin. It is an entirely natural and normal response to active ingredients. Salicylic acid along with candida bombicola/ glucose/methyl/rapeseedate ferment pushes trapped sebum and oil to the surface, and thus those acnes which were supposed to appear later pop up early. The natural cell shedding cycle in healthy young women is 28 days. So, purging usually subsides in 3-4 weeks.
It is important to stick with a product during the purging phase. You cannot avoid purging, but there are things you can do to ease it out. The first and most important thing is to take it slow. If you are new to acids, apply 2-3 times a week, and gradually increase your frequency.
YES, This serum is suitable for both men and women.
Scientifically, it is safe for a younger age, but to avoid overconsumption and any undesirable effects, we recommend it for teens and adults (Above 15 years). People below 15 years should consult their doctor before including this into their routine.
Since more research is needed on the impact of topical SA on features or babies, pregnant and breastfeeding, women should consult their doctor before including SA into their routine. People with specific skin conditions or health issues shall also consult their doctor before using any direct acid.