Willowbark vs. Salicylic Acid
Did you know that many synthetic ingredients are derived from natural ingredients and are modeled after their natural counterparts? Many companies use the synthetic versions of these ingredients because they are cheaper. The problem, however, is that because they're synthetic ingredients, they don't metabolize as easily into the skin. The original natural ingredients work better with your skin.
Salicylic acid is a synthetic ingredient typically used in many moisturizers and acne products. It helps eliminate acne by preventing pores from clogging. However, salicylic acid is found naturally in willowbark extract and is just as effective.
Rather than buy the synthetic alternative, willowbark extract is straight from the natural source. Yes, it costs more and is more difficult to manufacture, but it's worth it because it's natural and it works better with your skin.