Salicylic Acid vs Gycolic Acid - What's the Difference?
Salicylic Acid is naturally derived from the bark of the willow tree and from wintergreen leaves. It is a Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) and is extremely effective in treating skin conditions such as acne and psoriasis. Using a cleanser with Salicylic Acid can help to slough off that top layer of skin cells. It is a highly effective anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial agent. Because Salicylic Acid and BHA are great exfoliants, it unclogs pores which keeps them from becoming enlarged. Salicylic Acid also helps to get rid of oily skin by dissolving blackheads, slowing down oil production and reducing sebum. It smooths fine lines and wrinkles and promotes collagen growth. It also has the ability to inhibit melanin formation.
Glycolic Acid is an Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) which is naturally derived from sugar cane, pineapple and sugar beets. It is an excellent exfoliant, removing the outermost dead layer of skin cells from the face which allows for a brighter complexion. AHA is excellent for decreasing fine lines, wrinkles, scarring, and skin discoloration. It helps to replenish the moisture lost in the skin and helps to boost collagen production. Because of its smaller molecular size than its other counterpart acids, AHA is able to penetrate the skin deeply and easily, making it most effective for treating dullness, uneven skin tone, oiliness, and aging skin. SKY Essentials Age Defining Serum delivers the maximum amount of AHA with minimal discomfort. It can be used daily if skin irritation doesn't occur.
Now that you have more information regarding different acids, you can make make an informed decision as to which one works best for you.