Re: why does salicylic acid cause breakout?
Yep, like most people have said, your better of staying away from that stuff.
Ive used those Neutrogena products (including the skin clearing foundation) and they made my skin, especially my chin, flare up like there was no tomorrow.
Someone else mentioned Benzoyl peroxide. I was given that after I came off of Accutane to help with the odd breakout.All it did was make my skin turn so red that it was nearly purple, and when that cleared I had a mad breakout that took weeks to get under control.
I suppose if you have sensitive skin, no matter how much you want the spots to go away, you should stick to gentle stuff.