If you have ever suffered with breakouts or acne, you've probably seen salicylic acid on the labels of cleansers and treatment serums, or you’ve heard dermatologists recommend that you choose products with salicylic acid in them. But do you know why it is considered a skin savior for men too?

Men’s skin care needs differ from women’s in many ways. Although men are able to use the same skincare products as women with great success, there are specific skin conditions that men suffer with more often than women, leading to it needing special care. One of the main daily grooming actives for men which can lead to more sensitive, easily irritated skin is shaving.  Shaving can lead to cuts, razor burns (folliculitis), ingrown hairs (pseudo folliculitis barbae).  Shaving also leaves the skin exposed to external influences, as it weakens the skin barrier function. By using a treatment with salicylic acid for men, you can help prevent this issue!


Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid (BHA) that helps exfoliate and allow dry, dead skin cells to microscopically flake off the skin. Because it is oil soluble, it can penetrate oil glands in the skin to unclog pores as well as fight inflammation. Salicylic acid for men works to alleviate razor bumps and allows ingrown hair to make its way out of the pore.

Derived from the Salix or Willow Bark, salicylic acid is a substance used in a wide variety of applications, including as a food preservative and a stomach-relief aid. In medicine, salicylic acid is used to treat various conditions such as acne, psoriasis, and warts. This means that it is frequently found in skincare products. It is one of the best ingredients in men’s acne treatments, and for good reason!


While in the pores, salicylic acid dissolves the debris that clogs pores, and its anti-inflammatory properties reduce redness, irritation and itching. This means that when ingrown hairs become infected and pustules and pimples occur, they will heal faster and will reduce the number of skin imperfects dramatically. Check out our collection of men’s salicylic acid face washes!

In concentrations of two percent, salicylic acid for men is gentle enough for everyday use. Even sensitive skin responds well to a face wash that contains this ingredient, due to the anti-inflammatory benefit. Not everyone’s skin is the same, but if you are looking for the best way to prevent acne and combat ingrown hairs from shaving, salicylic acid is the product for you!


While salicylic acid for men can be a powerful skin changing ingredient, when used in combination with other targeted ingredients, the results can be two-fold. If you are struggling with in-grown hair, as mentioned above, occasional breakout or skin irritation from shaving, there are a few other ingredients to look for in your skincare products that will boost efficacy of salicylic acid.

  • Probiotics – help to balance the skins microbiome, that protective barrier comprised of healthy bacteria and not-so-healthy bacteria (you need a balance of both for well balanced skin). Probiotics also are anti-inflammatory and help to relieve irritated skin.
  • Smart Peptide 13 – These peptides go above and beyond standard peptide which are so often found in skincare products. This peptide has an extra fatty acid chain that helps with penetration, driving the actives into the skin layers that need it most.  Smart Peptide 13 also has anti-microbial, detoxifying and acne fighting benefits.  
  • Granactive Acne – This patented combination of Boswellia Serrata Extract, Honey Extract and Oligopeptide-10 are antimicrobial, and help to fight p. acnes and all acne symptoms including, irritation and sensitivity. Highly effective when used in combination with salicylic acid.
  • Hyaluronic Acid - Helps your skin retain water within its tissues so it stays well hydrated. Thanks to its moisture-retention powers, hyaluronic acid is the “magic” ingredient that reduces irritation, calms skin and restores youth to your skin.  Visibly reducing wrinkles and bringing out a radiant glow.


Men, if you are still searching for skin care answers. Give Glowbiotics a try! No matter what skin type or acne scars you have, we have a product for you. Take our skin quiz to help sort out the confusion and simplify your options. Salicylic acid may not be for every skin, but we know it can help prevent acne, ingrown hairs, and more! We at Glowbiotics know how vast the world of skincare can be. Our goal is for our customers to feel comfortable, knowledgeable, and happy with their results. Our men’s salicylic acid face wash and other men’s acne treatment were made to help you or the man in your life have great skin, too!

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