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03-13-09 | Posted by



Glycolic and salicylic acid are totally different substances, although you will often see them formulated in the same product. They are both great for skin, but each has its own place. Glycolic acid (an alpha hydroxy acid) comes from sugar cane and is the smallest of the exfoliating acids . It’ works to “digest” dead skin cells aka eliminate them. Salicylic acid (also called beta hydroxy acid) is the primary ingredient used in various concentrations to lessen oil build-up. You see them together so often because used in a well balanced formulation they work on the primary protagonists of a blemish ………….oil and dead skin cells. Salicylic is the primary choice for acne prevention/treatrment . Glycolic Acid is for mature skin to help increase the exfoliation cyle which gets much slower as we age aka a layer of dead skin cells that makes skin look dry and shows fine lines and wrinkles. There really is lots of confusion on these ingredients and many companies promote glycolic acid for acne, but use salicylic for the best results !

One Response to “NAME THAT ACID”

  1. MWC Says:

    After all these years, 2 decades of cosmeceutical use, I still love glycolics. They arent sexy anymore, but they get the job done and leave my skin smooth, exfoliated, and feeling younger. You can try Neutrogena Healthy Skin or NeoStrata AHA Cream, and go all the way up to Estee Lauder Fruition or Natura Bisse Glycopeel – whatever your budget, there is an AHA out there for you.

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