Although products containing salicylic acid is considered safe overall, it may cause skin to have a light stinging or biting sensation when first starting. This is because of the acidity of the product.
We did think of neutralising it to make it less acidic but that will make it less effective.
You can overcome the biting sensation by quickly applying hydrating serum on your skin. It helps to remove the biting sensation.
The stinging sensation will reduce as your skin gets used to acids. Not to worry. It’s still working to dissolve your gunk but just without the biting sensation. However, if you’re experiencing extreme sensation, redness, or itching, its best to stop using products immediately.