Salicylic Acid Powder



Salicylic Acid Powder is a skincare acid that falls in the category ‘Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA)’. It’s has the ability to unclog pores of excess oils and sebum.

That and its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties is the reason why it’s found on the ingredient label of many anti-acne products. Salicylic Acid also boasts of exfoliating property.

INCI Name: Salicylic Acid

Derived From: Naturally derived from the bark of Willow (Salix Alba) Trees. It is also synthetically made in labs.

Ingredient Type: Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA)

Ingredient Function: Exfoliant

Appearance: White to off-white crystalline powder.

Concentration: 99% active Salicylic Acid.

Solubility/ Solvents: Octyldodecanol, Ethanol, Propylene Glycol, Propanediol, Glycerin

Storage: Store in a tightly sealed container in a cool, dry and dark place

Shelf Life: 5 years

Ingredient PH: 2.4

Usage Rate: 0.1-2%; 0.5 to 1.0% recommended for sensitive skin formulations

Formulation Notes:

  • It is recommended not to use Salicylic Acid above 2% rate in skincare formulations
  • Ensure to first pre-dissolve Salicylic Acid before mixing with water or other liquid, or adding to your formulation
    • Dissolving with Propanediol: Use 10:1 ratio (1% Salicylic Acid mixed with 10% Propanediol)
    • Dissolving with Propylene Glycol: Use ratio 8:1 (1% Salicylic Acid mixed with 8% Propylene Glycol)
  • Add Salicylic Acid either to the water phase or at the end of the emulsion:
    • Add pre-dissolved Salicylic Acid to the water phase of your formulation and then heat to further dissolve it
    • Pre-dissolved Salicylic Acid can also be added at the end of the emulsion
  • Final PH for stability in Formulations: Adjust final PH to 3.0 to 3.5 in hydrous formulations [Salicylic Acid is known to significantly lower the PH of a formulation. Therefore, test and adjust to raise back the final PH]
  • Salicylic Acid is not PH-dependent


Properties and Benefits of Salicylic Acid Powder

  • Deep Cleansing: Salicylic Acid has the ability to penetrate the pores and dissolve and remove excess oils and sebum
  • Exfoliation Properties: Salicylic Acid has the ability to shed off dead upper skin cells to allow the new and healthy skin cells to surface
  • Anti-Inflammatory properties
  • Anti-Bacterial Properties
  • Anti-ageing
  • Sebum Regulation: salicylic acid helps regulate and balance the secretion of oil in the skin
  • Fades hyperpigmentation and dark spots
  • Suitable for oily and combination skin, skins with large pores, blackheads, acne/ pimples


Uses and Types of Products Formulated with Salicylic Acid

  • Anti-Acne/ anti-pimple skincare including face cleansers, foaming face washes, toners and more
  • Exfoliation/ Peeling Agent: salicylic Acid is used for chemical peels to help shed off outer dead skin cells and allow newer healthy skin to surface
  • Cleansers, face washes and Toners
  • Lotions
  • Ointments
  • Face and body scrubs
  • Anti-dandruff hair products
  • Clarifying Shampoos
  • Oily skin products


*NOTE: This is a cosmetic grade product; For external use only; Use for formulation of cosmetic & personal care products only.

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