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DoSe By VH


Suitable for Vegetarians


Salicylic Acid 2% Serum by DoSe is a Beta Hydroxy Acid serum formulated for oily, blemish prone skin to help target signs of congestion, for a brighter, clearer complexion.

Dose 2% Salicylic Acid provides BHA, Beta Hydroxy Acid, to exfoliate the skin and deep clean pores, ridding them of dead cells, dirt, debris, and excess oil. Salicylic acid serum's benefits for oily & acne-prone skin may lie in its ability to deep clean pores of sebum.

Salicylic Acid Serum benefits skin due to its exfoliating and pore-cleansing properties; it helps to refine, clarify, brighten, and revive your skin's texture, as well as minimise scars to leave you with a clearer, fresher complexion. 

The DoSe Salicylic Acid solution also contains L-ergothioneine, a potent antioxidant and skin-calming agent that protects the skin against oxidative stress and pollution, and reduces fine lines and wrinkles.

The DoSe - Key Actives:

  • Salicylic Acid - A gentle BHA that helps to exfoliate dead skin cells, targeting blemish prone, uneven skin
  • Ergothioneine - Protects against oxidative stress and pollution with antioxidant properties to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles

The DoSe Salicylic Acid 2% Serum Skin Benefits:

  • Helps promote cell turnover through exfoliation of dead skin cells
  • Small molecular size enables deep skin penetration to target blemish prone skin
  • Enriched with key actives for a radiant complexion Protects the skin against oxidative stress and pollution

How to use: Remove cap. Apply 1 to 2 pumps of 2% Salicylic Acid to the face and neck in the evening. Use this BHA serum after cleansing and before oils and creams. Can also be dabbed directly onto blemishes.

All DoSe by VH skincare products are manufactured and filled in the UK.

Our in-house pharmacist, Shabir Daya, has written two articles about Salicylic Acid 2% Serum plus read our DoSe Glossary and guide to all DoSe formulations:

Avoid contact with eyes. For external use only. Discontinue use if irritation occurs. Keep out of reach of children.

Aqua (Water), Propanediol, Salicylic Acid, Ergothioneine, Dehydroxanthan Gum, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Lactate, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol

What is Salicylic Acid?
Salicylic acid is a beta-hydroxy acid (BHA) that promotes the skin's natural exfoliation process, which helps to improve the appearance of rough and bumpy skin. It can also aid those with psoriasis by reducing scaling and preventing flare-ups. Salicylic acid is especially beneficial for oily and acne-prone skin since it unclogs pores and keeps them clear of acne-causing debris. 

Why does this formulation contain 2% Salicylic Acid?
Over-the-counter salicylic acid skincare treatments range in strength from 0.5% to 2% at maximum. Anything higher will require a prescription. The use of 2% salicylic acid in this formula ensures that the product is effective on the skin,  clearing it of dead skin cell buildup, excess sebum, dirt, and bacteria. 2% is also considered the optimal amount for everyday use as it won't cause irritation or unwanted side effects.

Can I use salicylic serum on a daily basis?
You can use your salicylic acid every day, but the frequency in which you can safely use salicylic acid will depend largely on the products you choose, your skin type, current skincare goals, and the percentage of salicylic acid included in the formula.

Can I use niacinamide and salicylic acid together?
Salicylic acid and niacinamide complement each other and can provide synergistic results when used together. Apply the salicylic acid serum to clean skin, then follow that with niacinamide, and finish by moisturising and adding sun protection.

Should I moisturise after using salicylic acid?
Salicylic acid can be drying to the skin, so it's important to hydrate the skin after using the serum. Look for a moisturiser that is lightweight, non-comedogenic, and free of fragrances and other irritants.

Who should use Salicylic Acid Serum?
Although salicylic acid can benefit all skin types, it is best for oily or acne-prone skin due to its ability to reduce excess oil production and improve the appearance of clogged pores, dullness, and blackheads. It can also be used to reduce the look of psoriasis and rough, bumpy skin. If you’re unsure about whether or not salicylic acid is the right choice for your skincare routine, seek the help of a qualified dermatologist.

Can Salicylic Acid 2% Serum be used during pregnancy or while breastfeeding?
Whilst generally recommended safe to use during pregnancy and whilst breastfeeding it is always advisable to seek medical advice from your healthcare professional before introducing any new products into your skincare regime.

The colour of my serum is different to my previous one. Is this normal?
Due to the high percentage of natural extracts, this serum is naturally scented and colour may vary.

What is an active ingredient and what does it mean?
An "active ingredient" refers to the specific component or substance within a product that provides a therapeutic or beneficial effect on the skin. Active ingredients are typically responsible for targeting and addressing specific skin concerns.

How can I maximise the longevity and effectiveness of my serum?
Keep away from direct sunlight, avoid extreme temperatures, seal the container properly to minimise air exposure and avoid moisture and humidity and pay attention to the period after opening symbol. Layering products in the correct order, such as applying serums before moisturisers, can optimise their absorption and effectiveness.

Do I need to wear an SPF while using Salicylic Acid 2% Serum?
It is recommended to always apply SPF as the last step in your skincare routine.

What is the pH of Salicylic Acid 2% Serum?
pH 3.5-4.0

Does DoSe by VH replace Garden of Wisdom?
DoSe by VH is a natural evolution of Garden of Wisdom and we are confident that the DoSe by VH products will exceed your expectations, delivering a heightened level of quality and efficacy.  The DoSe serums and oils have been meticulously formulated, and in some cases reformulated by Shabir Daya MRPharmS, our co-founder who originally formulated GOW.  While some formulations share the same INCI, we searched for and incorporated the optimal iterations of each, guaranteeing an enhanced quality.  Not all ingredients are created equally and developments in formulations can change.  It gave us the opportunity to better our offer for our customers who have previously loved GOW.  We listened to the feedback from our customers regarding GOW and the bottles are now glass, which means they are also waterproof for the bathroom.  We believe in constant improvement and staying at the forefront of skincare innovation.

Where is DoSe manufactured?
All DoSe by VH skincare products are manufactured and filled in the UK.

Can I recycle my DoSe packaging?
We are committed to sustainability. Our DoSe skincare range packaging is designed to be eco-friendly and recyclable. The cardboard box, insert and glass container can be easily recycled. However, please note that the pump is not recyclable. We encourage you to properly dispose of it according to local waste management guidelines.

Are DoSe products non-comedogenic and cruelty free?
All DoSe products are non-comedogenic and not tested on animals.

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Product Code: DOSE010