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Salicylic acid (BHA) is a multifunctional skin savior. It works as a chemical exfoliant to unclog your pores—without stripping the skin the way a physical exfoliant does. Find out the best salicylic acid products to stock up on at Watsons.

Let’s have a look at the differences between AHA, BHA and PHA.

COSRX Salicylic Acid Daily Gentle Cleanser (150ml)

This foaming cleanser contains 0.5% salicylic acid, with a potent blend of tea tree oil. It works to gently removes dirt, excess oil and product build-up while restoring the pH balance of your skin.

“The formula is gentle enough to feel non-drying. It gives my skin a thorough cleanse and helps to brighten and soothe dull, rough skin – without excessively stripping my skin.”


FACE REPUBLIC Calming Acne Salicylic Cleanser (100mL)

FACE REPUBLIC Calming Acne Salicylic Cleanser (100mL)

This gel cleanser is formulated with mild pH which cleans the dirt and excess sebum gently. Since the cleanser contains Centella Asiatica Extract, Tea Tree Leaf Extract and Rosemary Leaf Oil, it helps to soothe acne, control oil production, and improve blemishes.

Although the cleanser has Salicylic Acid, with the extracts like Eclipta Prostrata Leaf and Ulmus Davidiana Root, it provides skin with enough moisturising and leaves non-irritating and non-drying feelings .

“I’ve been using it for a week now. And I just love how it feels after washing my face. It lessens the redness, and my pimples are not getting worse.”

DERMAID Salicylic Acid (60ml)

DERMAID Salicylic Acid (60ml)

This product is use for treatment of mild acne. Since Salicylic Acid has promising exfoliation properties, it also can remove warts, psoriasis, and other fungal infections such as ringworm.

As it contains Isopropyl Alcohol, so it’s not suitable for sensitive skin as it may lead to redness or irritation.

“It works well. At first, I thought it hadn’t worked as I applied it about 4 times with nothing happening.  A few days after I stopped applying it, my callus and thickened skin started peeling off.”

DR SENSITIVE Niacinamide 5% & Salicylic Acid Serum (10ml)

DR SENSITIVE Niacinamide 5% & Salicylic Acid Serum (10ml)

Niacinamide works very well with Salicylic Acid. Salicylic Acid can remove dead skin cells and unclog pores. At the same time,  Niacinamide can moisture skin, even skin tone and brighten pigmentation and blemishes.

“My skin is very oily, but this product prevents my skin from having acne. I’m using this product at the daytime combined with retinol product at night.”

LOREAL Paris Revitalift Crystal Micro Essence Toner with Salicylic Acid (65ml)

Powered by micronized technology that enables it to penetrate deeply up to 10 skin layers, this budget-friendly toner with salicylic acid works to gently exfoliate your skin, deeply cleansing pores of dirt and grime to leave a purified, clearer appearance.

“It really helps decongest my pores and improve the appearance of acne. After using it for about 2 weeks, my skin looks soft and smooth to the touch with a lit-from-within glow. Love it!”


LUXE ORGANIX Niacinamide + Salicylic Acid Shower Cream (400ml)

Got acne on your back or chest?  Formulated with a powerful duo, salicylic acid and Niacinamide, this budget-friendly body wash exfoliates away dead skin cells and clear out pores while Vitamin B3 keeps skin calm and hydrated.

“This shower cream is the best way to keep body acne at bay. My body skin feels fresh and clean after use without being over-drying. Remember to leave it on for a few seconds to let it get to work. One bottle lasts for a surprisingly long time too.”


LUXE ORGANIX Luxe Organix Niacinamide + Salicylic Acid Velvet Body Cream (400ml)

 LUXE ORGANIX Luxe Organix Niacinamide + Salicylic Acid Velvet Body Cream (400ml)

This body lotion is alcohol free, paraben free, and mineral oil free. With lightweight texture, the lotion can be absorbed to skin quickly. It hydrates and smoothens skin texture and leave non-sticky feeling on skin. It also helps to dry out unwanted body acne, pimples, or blemishes.

“The fragrance lasts for a long time. It’s also not sticky. Recommend.”


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