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Keratolytic Ingredients in Skincare

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A keratolytic component aids in the removal of excess skin caused by lesions on the epidermis. These type of ingredients can soften and also thin the skin on and around the lesion, which causes the outer layer of skin to loosen and shed. So if you've ever been left with a bump of skin after scarring, you might be interested in using a product with a form of keratolytic in it. 

Keratolytic agents include salicylic acid, urea, lactic acid, allantoin and glycolic acid. Most of these ingredients are typically found in anti acne products (salicylic acid), moisturisers (urea, lactic acid and allantoin) and anti ageing products (glycolic acid).

Over the years I've noticed that my skin's been left with some tiny bumps, particularly on my chin area and thought I could try something to make them less apparent, then realised I currently use skincare with such ingredients already, with the exception of salicylic acid so it is an ingredient I'm interested in trying again, especially after a couple of weeks of rebellious skin I've been having. 

A product with salicylic acid I'm interested is The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution. With glycolic acid I've been intermittently using the Lidl dupe for Nip + Fab Glycolic Pads, and my Simply Pure serum contains urea and allantoin. 

Do you have any recommendations for skincare with keratolytic properties?



Pattern by Orla Kiely

Pattern by Orla Kiely

Got this book because I really like Orla Kiely's design (not only the patterns but also the clothes and accessories) and because I only paid £5 for it when I got it from the Works a few years ago. 

It is a great book full of inspiration if you are a creative and visual person, and has pages full of her patterns, designs and things that inspire Orla Kiely personally.

Find Pattern by Orla Kiely at Waterstones. 

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