Difference Between Salicylic Acid and Glycolic Acid

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Aug. 14, 2020
Do you find yourself standing in the skincare aisles for a while confused as to which acids are for what concerns?  There are so many potent ingredients out there, but when it comes to common ingredients such as glycolic acid and salicylic acid, you may wonder what the differences are between the two. Today I will talk about which skin types benefit from each acid and their main benefits.
WHAT IS SALICYLIC ACID?
Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid that works great for oily or acne prone skin.  According to Beinghealthfull.com, "Beta hydroxy acids or BHAs lightly exfoliate your skin’s top layers on their way deeper into your skin where they exfoliate excess oil and dead skin in your pores."  You can use salicylic acid in the morning or night. Just make sure you always apply sunscreen in the morning.
WHAT IS GLYCOLIC ACID
GLYCOLIC ACID- Glycolic Acid is a type of alpha-hydroxy acid that exfoliates dead skin cells on the outer layer of skin. “Glycolic acid benefits include powerful exfoliation for better skin texture, reduction in skin scars, spots, and surface wrinkles and fine lines.” (Beinghealthful.com). Glycolic acid can be used for all skin types, but is most beneficial for dry or combination skin.
Without further ado, here are some awesome product recommendations for salicylic acid topical treatments:
The Ordinary 2% Salicylic Acid Serum
 Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting BHA Liquid Exfoliant 
Here are my product recommendations for glycolic acid skincare treatments:
 The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution
 Paula’s Choice Daily Smoothing Treatment with 5% AHA
How Should I incorporate a new active into my skincare routine?
Thelist.com says, "Experts recommend that when you first start using salicylic acid in your skincare regimen, you should use it every other day to see how your skin responds." Be sure to moisturize afterwards to help minimize skin irritation like dryness. Last, always apply sunscreen in the AM because acids can cause skin to be more sensitive to the sun. Last but not least, be patient with your skin because take time to start working in your skin.
Hope you found this skincare tip helpful. Do you introduce a skincare active into your routine once or twice a week?
Sources:
https://www.google.com/amp/s/beinghealthfull.com/glycolic-acid-vs-salicylic-acid/amp/
https://www.cosmopolitan.com/style-beauty/beauty/a25372431/what-order-to-apply-skincare-productshttps://theskincareedit.com/2017/06/09/salicylic-acid
https://www.thelist.com/179813/what-happens-when-you-use-salicylic-acid-every-day/#:~:text=Experts%20recommend%20that%20when%20you,can%20increase%20to%20daily%20use.
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