Huh? Glycolic Acid, Beta Hydroxy Acid, Salicylic Acid, on my skin?
Get a simple answer to what this all means and the benefits for you.
With so many skincare products on the market it is difficult to choose what is best for your skin type. Let’s shed some light on these confusing terms. Just the word acid sounds scary but these three acids, Glycolic, Beta Hydroxy and Salicylic all serve a purpose.
Glycolic Acid is the most common over the counter anti-aging product ingredient. Derived from sugarcane, the chemicals found in Glycolic Acid sloughs off and exfoliates the build up of dead skin cells on the top layer of the skin.
The percentage of Glycolic Acid in a product determines how much benefit you will get from it. 10%, which is a low concentrate, won’t do much for fine lines but can make the skin smoother. A higher percentage of Glycolic Acid may stimulate the formation of collagen, which is the connective tissue in the skins second layer (dermis) that gives your skin its youthful plumpness and strength.
Dermatologists can offer a variety of products that contain 25% of Glycolic Acid, more likely to benefit aging skin. If skin becomes sensitive after using Glycolic Acid, try a gentler wrinkle fighter.
Salicylic Acid, also known as, Beta Hydroxy Acid, is found in the bark of willow and sweet birch trees. This Acid, works at much lower concentrations than Glycolic Acid.
Those battling breakouts along with wrinkles may want to use Salicylic Acid. Like Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid exfoliates the top layer of skin penetrating the pores liberating trapped dirt and oil that can lead to acne.
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