Salicylic Acid (and) Sodium Polyacrylate (and) Niacinamide (and) Polydextrose (and) Caffeine

SalACD302 is a stable, water soluble complex of salicylic acid, niacinamide and caffeine.  

Salicylic acid is widely considered to be one of the best ingredients to fight problem skin conditions.  Its keratolytic ability allows it to penetrate deeply into the skin where its antibacterial effect then combats the bacteria responsible for the formation of acne.

Traditional salicylic acid presents several formulating issues: low solubility in water, recrystallization and potential skin irritation.  The addition of a skin-friendly polymer helps to minimize irritation potential.  Niacinamide and caffeine both contribute to the efficacy profile of this novel ingredient, giving it anti-aging qualities.


High loading of salicylic acid in the complex (~49%) allows for the formulation of active products for the treatment of problem skin.

Cosmetic Benefits:

  • Skin Exfoliation
  • Moisturization
  • Enhances Skin Penetration
  • Fights acne, especially whiteheads & blackheads



  • Reduces Irritation
  • Skin Brightening
  • Skin Firming
  • Anti-dandruff
  • Sebum Control

Technical Data:

In Vivo Skin Moisturization

A clinical study was conducted to measure the moisturizing ability of the SalACD302 when added at 4.1% to a simple serum base. The control was the blank base.  Over the course of two weeks, the average desquamation index decreased, indicating the return of the skin to a more moisturized state.

In Vivo Skin Appearance Improvement

In another clinical study, panelists with visible acne outbreaks used a simple serum base containing 4.1% SalACD302 for two weeks.    The majority of panelists saw a significant improvement in the appearance of their skin.



  • Suggested use level is 1.1 – 4.1%, which yields 0.5 – 2% active salicylic acid
  • For use in skin care, body care and hair care
  • pH of finished product should be between 4 – 6
  • Can be used in all types of skin and hair care products: serums, emulsions, clear systems, surfactant systems, essences