How to Dilute Salicylic Acid

By Elle Blake

Salicylic acid is the main ingredient in Salicylic facials, a type of facial commonly used to treat skin and hair conditions such as dandruff, acne, warts and psoriasis. It works by penetrating the skin and causing stimulation, which encourages the skin to renew itself, and shed old skin. It can be very harsh on the skin, however, so diluting the acid is recommended to prevent damage or irritation.

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Salicylic facials are a very popular way to treat skin conditions.

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Step 1

Purchase salicylic acid, which is available from most chemists. Look for a 2 percent solution, which is water-based.

Step 2

Pour ¼ of a cup of water into a medium-sized, stainless steel bowl.

Step 3

Add ¼ of a cup of salicylic acid.

Step 4

Mix slowly, until the fluids have blended.

Step 5

Add another ¼ cup of salicylic acid.

Step 6

Stir again, ensuring the two fluids mix.