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Pure Actives

Salicylic acid 2%

Blemishes, Adults and teenagers

15 ml - 2000mg/100g

A genuine SOS treatment thanks to its high concentration (maximum dose allowed in cosmetics), this pure active reduces developing and established pimples in just a few days.

  • Fragrance-free
  • Made in France
  • No artificial colouring agents
  • Silicone-free
  • Tested under dermatological control
  • Vegan
  • Reduces blemishes through exfoliation

    Thanks to its keratolytic action, this pure active stimulates cell renewal and helps eliminate dead cells accumulated on the skin’s surface. Visibly reduces blemishes upon appearance while refining skin texture.

  • Unblocks pores and refines skin texture

    Unclogs and tightens pores to visibly reduce the appearance of blemishes and blackheads.

Is this care suitable
for your skin?

  • When

    Our recommendation: use daily as a localised acne treatment for pimples and blackheads. May be used until the condition of the skin visibly improves.

  • Where

    Apply exclusively to affected area/s, avoiding the eye contour area. Apply to dry, thoroughly cleansed skin.

  • How

    Squeeze the base of the bottle and apply to the tips of the fingers. Gently smooth and press into the skin as follows: - 1 drop for a few isolated pimples, - or 2 drops to each area of particular concern (forehead, nose). May also be applied locally to other affected areas of the body (back, cleavage, etc.).

A slight tingling sensation is possible upon application.

We do not recommend combining Salicylic Acid 2% and Citric Acid 26%. Do not use more than 2 pure active ingredients at a time. If you are using 2 active ingredients, you may apply one after the other.

The efficacy of this highly purified and perfectly dosed active ingredient is scientifically proven to help reduce pimples and blackheads.

We have added additional ingredients to this active: their exclusive role is to ensure the product’s stability and ability to penetrate the skin (In-Skin patent). Nothing more, nothing less.

For more information on the composition of this product, click:

AQUA/WATER/EAU

What it is?

Water contained in Isodermic Water.

What’s the point?

Contributes to the Isodermic Water patent.
NAOS has designed a perfectly defined water, meeting the three fundamental criteria for physiological fluids: pH, oxidation resistance, and concentration of mineral salts.
It optimises cellular functioning and preserves the balance of healthy skin.

Components contributing to this patent: aqua/water/eau, disodium adenosine triphosphate, carnosine, laminaria digitata extract.

How do you get it?

Mineral origin.

PROPANEDIOL

What it is?

Polyol.

What’s the point?

Contributes to the In-Skin patent.
This patented complex optimises the diffusion of the active ingredient in the skin for targeted action.

How do you get it?

Biotechnology.
Biotechnology uses biological processes, including natural fermentation, to obtain ingredients.

SALICYLIC ACID

What it is?

Salicylic acid.

What’s the point?

Keratolytic: promotes the elimination of dead cells and epidermal renewal. Lipophilic meaning it can penetrate deeper into the pore to unblock thickened oil.

How do you get it?

Synthesis

To select an ingredient, NAOS can call on synthesis in order to:
– reconstitute a natural molecule without having to extract it from a plant and thus better respect biodiversity,
– obtain a pure, perfectly defined ingredient.

ALCOHOL

What it is?

Wheat alcohol.

What’s the point?

Contributes to the In-Skin patent.
This patented complex optimises the diffusion of the active ingredient in the skin for targeted action.

How do you get it?

Biotechnology.
Biotechnology uses biological processes, including natural fermentation, to obtain ingredients.

SODIUM CITRATE

What it is?

Citric acid derivative.

What’s the point?

Stabilising: helps adjust the product’s pH.

How do you get it?

Component naturally found in the skin, obtained by biotechnology.
Biotechnology uses biological processes, including natural fermentation, to obtain ingredients.

SODIUM HYDROXIDE

What it is?

Sodium derivative.

What’s the point?

Stabilising: helps adjust the product’s pH.

How do you get it?

Component naturally found in the skin, obtained by synthesis.

To select an ingredient, NAOS can call on synthesis in order to:
– reconstitute a natural molecule without having to extract it from a plant and thus better respect biodiversity,
– obtain a pure, perfectly defined ingredient.

XANTHAN GUM

What it is?

Xanthan gum.

What’s the point?

Gelling: provides the texture with consistency.

How do you get it?

Biotechnology.
Biotechnology uses biological processes, including natural fermentation, to obtain ingredients.

LAMINARIA DIGITATA EXTRACT

What it is?

Brown algae extract.

What’s the point?

Contributes to the Isodermic Water patent.
NAOS has designed a perfectly defined water, meeting the three fundamental criteria for physiological fluids: pH, oxidation resistance, and concentration of mineral salts.
It optimises cellular functioning and preserves the balance of healthy skin.

Components contributing to this patent: aqua/water/eau, disodium adenosine triphosphate, carnosine, laminaria digitata extract.

How do you get it?

Laminaria algae extraction.

CARNOSINE

What it is?

Peptide.

What’s the point?

Contributes to the Isodermic Water patent.
NAOS has designed a perfectly defined water, meeting the three fundamental criteria for physiological fluids: pH, oxidation resistance, and concentration of mineral salts.
It optimises cellular functioning and preserves the balance of healthy skin.

Components contributing to this patent: aqua/water/eau, disodium adenosine triphosphate, carnosine, laminaria digitata extract.

How do you get it?

Component naturally found in the skin, obtained by synthesis.

To select an ingredient, NAOS can call on synthesis in order to:
– reconstitute a natural molecule without having to extract it from a plant and thus better respect biodiversity,
– obtain a pure, perfectly defined ingredient.

DISODIUM ADENOSINE TRIPHOSPHATE

What it is?

Nucleotide (ATP).

What’s the point?

Contributes to the Isodermic Water patent.
NAOS has designed a perfectly defined water, meeting the three fundamental criteria for physiological fluids: pH, oxidation resistance, and concentration of mineral salts.
It optimises cellular functioning and preserves the balance of healthy skin.

Components contributing to this patent: aqua/water/eau, disodium adenosine triphosphate, carnosine, laminaria digitata extract.

How do you get it?

Component naturally found in the skin, obtained by biotechnology.
Biotechnology uses biological processes, including natural fermentation, to obtain ingredients.

Of the 30,000 ingredients approved for use in cosmetics, our formulation charter only includes 150 to keep only those that respect your skin.

Find out more
  • How do blackheads form?

    Combination, oily and acne-prone skin tends to be thicker, especially around the pores. The sebum may also become thicker and can no longer flow properly, and gradually builds up in the pores. This build-up then forms a plug, which oxidises with the ambient air. Like apples that turn brown in contact with the air, sebum blackens as it oxidizes and forms a blackhead.

  • What should I do when a facial pimple appears?

    Above all, do not give in to the temptation of popping it because, as well as the risk of spreading bacteria, you could leave little scars on your face. In order, the 3 good habits are: 1/ very carefully and gently cleanse your skin 2/ purify the surrounding area 3/ treat the root or the cause of the spot. Our Salicylic acid 2% is great for those last 2 steps.

  • Is Salicylic Acid Pure Active recommended for sensitive skin?

    Yes, our Salicylic acid 2% is formulated to be kind to facial skin and is tested on sensitive skin. As with all Pure Active products, always ensure you follow our usage instructions (dose, duration) on the product page.

  • “What is the difference between BHA and AHA?”

    An AHA is an alpha hydroxy acid and a BHA is a beta hydroxy acid. AHAs and BHAs are both “chemical” exfoliants (as opposed to mechanical exfoliants with grains). They help eliminate dead skin cells and therefore stimulate cell renewal for a more even skin texture, and smooth, even and bright skin. AHAs are water-soluble, meaning they act only on the surface of the skin and do not penetrate. BHAs such as salicylic acid are oil-soluble, meaning they act both on the surface of the skin and have the ability to penetrate into the pore to remove thickened oil and dirt. BHAs are therefore particularly suited to combination to oily skin prone to blackheads and blemishes.

  • Pure Active: how is this different from a serum?

    In terms of the way it is used, Pure Actives are applied like a serum: to clean skin before your face cream, to provide a specific action.
    But, unlike a serum, our Pure Actives only contain a single, perfectly dosed, active molecule, which precisely targets a skin issue. This means that they are ultra-safe, since there’s no risk of a cocktail effect (piling up different active ingredients). And our INSkin™ patent helps it to penetrate down to where it needs to be in the skin.

  • Pure Active: should I apply it before or after my face cream?

    Always before your moisturising cream, but most importantly, always on clean skin. Thanks to their drop-by-drop bottles, Pure Actives are applied in small quantities, where they are needed (see the detailed instructions for each product).

  • What is the maximum number of Pure Actives that I can apply to my skin?

    We recommend applying no more than 2 Pure Actives at once to your face (1 Pure Active after the other, to clean skin before applying your face cream). In most cases, the best solution is to treat one problem at a time with a Pure Active. If you apply multiple active substances on your skin there is a risk of over-treating it.

  • How long should a Pure Active be used for?

    Pure Actives should be used like a “course of treatment”, for between 3 and 8 weeks depending on the active ingredient and the benefit in question. That’s why we package them in small anti-UV containers suited to short-term use. To ensure they stay effective, you should store them away from heat and light, and for no more than 6 months. You’ll find usage instructions for each Pure Active on the product pages on the site.

  • What is the difference between Pure Skincare and Pure Actives?

    Pure Skincare products do not contain any active ingredients, to take care of skin every day, without needlessly irritating it. Pure Actives offer a targeted action to treat skin problems when necessary (1 Pure Active = 1 skin issue). Healthy skin with no particular issues does not need Pure Actives.

  • Do your products contain fragrances?

    Our Pure Actives do not contain fragrances, nor do some of the other care products such as the Moisturising Eye Contour Fluid, the Melting Exfoliating Gel and the Express Purifying Mask. The majority of our Pure Skincare products are very lightly scented to make them pleasant to use while being kind to skin. We carefully select our fragrances, which we create ourselves, and make sure they are free from allergens and sensitising substances.

  • Are your products tested on animals?

    No, in accordance with the applicable European cosmetics regulations, our products and the ingredients they contain are not tested on animals. Toxicology experts have evaluated our formulas’ perfect tolerance. And, of course, our products are tested under dermatological and ophthalmological supervision if necessary.

  • Do your products contain preservatives?

    In order to protect our formulas from contamination, we use the necessary amount of natural preservatives (black radish extract, potassium sorbate or capryloyl glycine). We also use airless bottles, pumps and tubes to limit the risk of contamination, and therefore the quantity of preservatives.

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