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Using Salicylic Acid for Removing Age Spots

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On this page, you will find  How to use Salicylic Acid to reduce and remove age spots, side effects and some cautions when using this medication.

Age spots, liver spots, sun spots, brown spots, whatever you want to call them if you have them you just want them called gone. These discolorations on face and body are commonly caused by sun damage, hormonal imbalances, medications, and etc.

They can cause us to look older by giving us a splotchy complexion, unlike the creamy, clear, all over color of someone in their youth. So if you are noticing spots before your eyes check your skin not your eyes and follow along while I share with you a technique I found by doing some internet research. This is an original organic plant based medication.

What exactly is salicylic acid (SA)?

SA or 2 hydroxybenzenecarboxcylic acid is a plant hormone that gets its name from the Salix plant or better known as the Willow. The White Willow or Salix alba being the most common source.

As a medicinal plant it has been used for centuries. The Greek physician Hippocrates wrote about the use of the extracted willow bark (in powder form) as being able to ease aches, pains, and reducing fevers.

Even Native Americans and many other cultures have used this plant for the reduction of fevers. In the 1800’s an Italian chemist, Raffaele Piria, converted the substance used for medicinal purposes into a sugar, which when compounded, and on oxidation converted to SA.

SA is not like the acid some may think of. It’s not like battery acid. This acid is more like a fruit acid used to dissolve a small layer of skin cells at a time. It is commonly used in the following products:

  • It is a mild antibiotic

  • In the form of methyl salicylate it is used as a liniment for sore joints and muscle pain

  • In the form of choline salicylate it is topically used for pain relief of aphthous ulcers (canker sores). It is used as a food preservative in small doses

  • Stomach aids such as:

    • Pepto-Bismol
    • heartburn medication
    • diarrhea medication
    • nausea medication
    • indigestion aids
    • upset stomach medication
  • Skincare Products such as:

    • acne treatments
    • psoriasis treatments
    • corn removal medication
    • callus removal medication
    • wart remover medication
    • shampoos for the treatment of dandruff

But most importantly it is used to make aspirin!

It is a mild acid. The skin cells on the top layer of skin is made up of dead skin cells. Our top layer of skin sheds itself about every thirty days. SA simply begins to eat through this discolored dead layer of skin cells revealing the brighter skin beneath. Think of it as an acid peel for troubled areas.

It has been announced, since 3-11-2013,  that this “wonder drug” can help to prevent skin cancer. Aspirin usage in people who have used it the longest have the best results, but if you bleed easily you might want to think twice about taking it.

How SA Works

Again, SA causes the outer layer of skin to loosen and shed. As an acid it causes the dead layers of skin (or surface layer) to shed much more readily then normal. This also opens clogged pores and prevents the pores from clogging by shrinking the pores and allows for new skin cell growth. In fact, it causes a rapid skin cell turn around. This action provides your skin with a more youthful appearance.

How To Apply To Reduce or Remove Age Spots

  1. Do a test patch on some other part of your body other than your face such as your hand or arm as these are areas where exposure to damaging sunlight has usually occurred. Test by purchasing SA product (I used Dr. Scholl’s Wart Remover).
    With a very small brush, brush acid onto discolored area only. Do this to check for any adverse reactions. If problems develop simply discontinue use. Some irritation and burning sensation is to be expected.
    Leave on until acid has turned white. Continue using nightly, or every other night if your skin becomes too irritated, until spot is gone.
  2. Do only one spot on your face at a time. This way you avoid making your face even more prominently spotted with irritated spots all over it. Cover any irritation with concealer to blend away the spot. When that spot is removed choose another to work on.
  3. Usually you can find SA in solutions from .5 to 2% in strength. If you have had sensitivity problems with any type of skin care products go for the .5% solution first for your test.

Side Effects

SA can cause irritation, burning, and stinging along with peeling, flakiness, and dryness of area treated. If this occurs just try the treatment every other day to see if this helps. If product appears to be too strong check to see if you can find a lesser solution or discontinue use.

Use Caution With SA

  • Do not allow SA to come into contact with the inside of your nose or mouth or to enter into your eyes. If you accidently do flush with water for 15 minutes.
  • It is not to be applied to skin that is swollen, infected, irritated or broken. It is to be used topically only.
  • Get monitored by your physician when attempting to treat yourself with this medication as it may interfere with medication you are currently taking.
  • When using skincare products containing SA or SA alone topically you need to be sure to use sun protection on exposed areas as you may be more sensitive to the sun.
  • Do not use SA for skincare with other skincare products containing SA.
  • Individuals who are knowingly hypersensitive to Salicylic acid based products should not use it.
  • This is not recommended for persons with dry or sensitive skin, but if you have normal to oily skin you’re a good candidate for this procedure. I have only tried this technique on pale skin so all you African American and Latino sisters out there will have to let me know if this work well for you.
    You have the advantage since you have built in sun protection from the extra melanin in your skin, but I’m not sure how this technique would work for you.
  • If you are pregnant or breast feeding DO NOT use.
  • Always look for the advice of a physician first. I am not a physician. I’m only sharing with you a technique that has worked for me.


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