Using Salicylic Acid with Sensitive Skin

I hate getting spots. Even more than that though, I hate making the problem worse from either a bad product, or by my own fault of using it badly. Whereas some spot treatments are just over-exaggerating their abilities, some are a lot more powerful than you may actually realise, which is where the problem can begin.

I used to suffer with very bad teenage skin, now whilst it has gotten a lot better over the years, I do get the occasional spot, and this occasional spot tends to pop up when I’ve indulged in some wonderful sweet treats. With this lockdown, and Easter weekend only recently, I have been eating my fair share of sugar-filled snacks, and so of course I have had some breakouts. Now, most have been tiny ones that nobody would even notice, however I have had one on my chin the size of a mountain.

I have never really had much luck with spot treatments, and I do realise now that this was probably due to my lack of knowledge about the ingredients and what to actually look for, and what to avoid.

As a teenager, you usually go with what you see advertised towards you, which usually is not the best (especially when you have sensitive skin that breaks out from so many different things) and of course the higher-end skincare just wasn’t an option for my pocket-money budget.

However, I do digress… let’s get to the point here.

I have had hidden away in my drawer the Murad rapid acne spot treatment, which contains 2% salicylic acid. Now, I do believe – correct me if I’m wrong – that is the highest percentage of salicylic acid that can be used in a product. So to put it simply, it is some strong shit.

I have used this on and off since I got it, and I’ve usually only really seen it work on the smaller spots. It did however come to my attention that you are meant to apply it more than once a day for the full effectiveness (the tube says up to 3 times a day recommended). Now, I was skeptical due to the sensitivity of my skin, but I thought that due to being in isolation, what’s the worst thing that can happen?

Boy oh boy… I was not prepared for how my skin decided to react…

A couple of days after applying several times a day to the affected area, I noticed some peeling skin around the spot. Now, the spot was going down, and I assumed – stupid thing to do – that it was just my skin healing and what-not. Well, let me tell you that I am one of those terrible disgusting people that like to pick and prod at my skin whenever something is there that shouldn’t be.

Yes, you guessed it, I picked at the peeling, and I think that was my main mistake really. The area of skin around my spot was very red, and I then decided it was probably best not to use the treatment now until my skin has actually healed. However, I don’t like waiting, and it just seemed to be getting worse and worse.

That is where my advice comes in, for any of you out there that may make the same mistake as me (I hope you don’t though). You may remember Sudocrem during your school-days as being the staple to put on spots. I never found it actually helped my spots, however, I can assure you it is my saviour at this moment in time.

A little dab of sudocrem onto the red area whenever needed has been the only thing to actually calm down the redness and soreness of the spot. It hasn’t helped in the fact that my spot has again gotten worse, but at this stage I would rather that than have red, sore skin.

If you are not familiar with that product, sudocrem is basically an antiseptic cream that is usually used on nappy rash, but can also be used to treat burns, acne (for some) etc.

However, all stupidity aside, I do have to admit, I am still using the Murad spot treatment on other spots, and I will not stop using it (until it’s run out because I’m not spending £20 on a spot treatment). I will however, be taking a lot more care of the application, and how often I am applying it.

All in all, I would recommend this product, but also would definitely warn if you do have more sensitive skin, do be careful with how often you use it, as it can make problems a lot worse.

If you’ve tried this product, let me know in the comments how you found it, or if you have your own holy-grail spot treatment, do share, as I’m always looking for new things to try!

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Alexandra Grace XxXx

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