Dubbed by cosmetic chemists on the well toured Chemists Corner blog as ” The most versatile [topical compound] for cosmetic formulators”, this feisty little acid is a gold standard for acne control with anti aging benefits. Salicylic Acid or Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) has been proven to stand up against Alpha Hydroxy Acids (glycolic, lactic, citric, and tartaric acids) when it comes to skin cell turnover and improving skin tone and texture. How does it work and who will it work for? BHA is oil soluble and penetrates that slick layer covering oily skin in order to get deep into the pores for exfoliation and to speed up skin cell turnover. For comparison, AHAs such as glycolic acid are water-soluble and better suited for dry, weathered, sun damaged skin that has been thickened with the elements and genetics. So, yes!, Salicylic Acid (BHA) exfoliates to not only reduce acne but over time helps to reverse photo damage and smooth pesky wrinkles as well.
Great salicylic Acid products and chemical peels to clear your skin and soften those lines:
PCA Clarifying Mask and the PCA Pumpkin Peel
Obagi Clenziderm 2% salicylic Acid treatment
Obagi Blue Radiance Peel
Derma Doctor Aint Misbehavin’ Serum