What is Glycolic Acid?
Glycolic Acid is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA). It’s found naturally in sugarcane, but it can also be made in a lab. Glycolic acid is a small molecule, so it can easily pass through your skin barrier.
When applied topically, glycolic acid exfoliates your skin while retaining moisture. It works by sloughing dead skin cells from the top layer of your skin. This helps promotes the growth of new skin.
Additionally, glycolic acid decreases inflammation and protects against ultraviolet B radiation. It also works against bacteria that cause acne breakouts.
Glycolic Acid is mainly used to even out skin tone and reduce the signs of skin aging. It can also help:
- Reduce hyperpigmentation or darkened skin spots, including sun damage and acne marks
- Brighten your complexion
- Decrease the appearance of pores
- Reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- Enhance skin firmness
- Manage acne breakouts
Salicylic Acid is a beta hydroxy acid (BHA). It’s naturally found in willow bark and wintergreen leaves. It can also be artificially synthesized in a lab.
Like glycolic acid, salicylic acid has an exfoliating effect on the skin. It can also remove excess sebum (oil) and reduce sebum production, making it an excellent ingredient for unclogging pores. Plus, salicylic acid has mild anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties.
Salicylic Acid is mainly used to prevent and treat acne. It can also help:
- Control oily skin
- Reduce the appearance of blackheads
- Reduce hyperpigmentation
This Ingredient Is Best For The Following Skin Types:
- Acne-prone skin
- Oily skin
- Skin that’s prone to hyperpigmentation