Salicylic and Glycolic Acids – Explained

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If you take the time to look at the ingredients of our products, you will find salicylic and glycolic acids over and over again. These acids are an integral part of the success of our products. But why?

Salicylic Acid

Acne: Slows down the shedding of cells inside the follicles, which prevents clogging of pores. Also breaks down blackheads and whiteheads. Salicylic acid is a BHA exfolitator that gently exfoliates skin to minimize acne scars.

Psoriasis: Used as a ‘scale lifter’, salicylic acid softens keratin (a protein that forms part of the skin structure), allowing dry psoriasis scales to loosen.

Salicylic acid helps with other skin conditions such as eczema and dandruff as well.

Glycolic Acid

Pigment Disorders: Effective in treating pigmentary lesions such as melasma, solar lentigines, and postinflammatory hyperpigmentation. Dr. Ronert stated glycolic acid “reduces pigmentary lesions not only by accelerating the turnover of the epidermis but also by directly inhibiting melanin formation in melanocytes”.

Photo-aged Skin: This is a condition in which prolonged exposure to UV radiation leads to dark spots and wrinkles. Glycolic acid heals damaged skin and reverses the signs of photo-aged skin. The result of using glycolic acid is firmer, smoother, and tighter skin.

Erythema: This is redness of the skin. Dr. Ronert proclaimed, “topical glycolic acid provides a photo-protective effect to pre-treated skin and when it is applied to irradiated skin, it speeds up the resolution of erythema”. In this case, glycolic acid works as an anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory.

If you have any of the mentioned skin conditions, keep an eye out for these ingredients!

*Hint – check out the Clear Cell line.

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