Salicylic Acid and Scalp Care
What is Salicylic Acid?
Not all shampoos are created alike. This is also the case for dandruff shampoo.
Salicylic acid is a dissolving agent found in the bark of a willow tree and some foods like walnuts. Its medicinal uses include treating calluses, acne, psoriasis and dandruff. From tonic to toner, it's even used in skin care as a chemical exfoliant to help clear, smooth and brighten skin. With its cleansing properties, salicylic acid in dandruff shampoo and dandruff-ridding hair care go hand in hand.
This colorless synthesizer is super powerful. Here’s what you need to know about how it helps with hair care.
Salicylic Acid and Hair Care
1. Salicylic acid is able to penetrate the scalp and clear the skin on your head.
It safely strips away the outer skin, softening the top layer of scaly skin. Salicylic acid dissolves dead skin cells, regulates its new base and increases its moisture levels. You don’t want to shock your skin, and instead let the versatile acid gently get to work by massaging it in.
2. Salicylic acid reduces oily buildup from the scalp.
It is most effective at this task: Salicylic acid can get rid of waxy sebum that counterintuitively could cause dry skin conditions.
3. Salicylic acid controls dihydrotestosterone.
Also known as DHT, it is a hormone that primarily affects men. It is an enzyme that prevents follicle growth, which means minimized hair growth. This is why 40% of men use anti-dandruff shampoos 40% of the time (while women use it 21% of the time). Using salicylic acid can help reduce the amount of DHT on your head, which could mean less hair loss and more hair growth.
4. Salicylic acid aids with the treatment of dandruff.
Salicylic acid helps rid your scalp off dry skin and dandruff, which means reduced itchiness and irritation. Salicylic may also help with pronounced dermatitis, a common condition that can make the skin on your head feel itchy, dry, rash-like and swollen.
Salicylic acid is a hero in the world of dandruff care. Other products with salicylic acid can be incorporated into daily care, after careful introduction.
The entire RE-fresh Scalp Care Shampoo and Conditioner line has 2.0% salicylic acid as an active ingredient. It’s paraben free and helps remove visible dandruff flakes. It could also be used in conjunction with other treatments, which means it can be considered a safe add-on to your existing hair care routine.