Thursday, 6 March 2014

SALICYLIC ACID & GYCOLIC ACID


At the beginning of last year I really didn't know much about chemical exfoliators, jump forward a year and I've now got two trusted ones in my collection. Finding the perfect Salicylic Acid (BHA) exfoliator was a bit of mission until I came across this video by Gossmakeupartist where he talked about Paula's Choice products, her range of chemical exfoliators and the fact that they were the correct PH to be able to work properly. What started off with a little trial and error I eventually found her CLEAR Extra Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution with 2% Salicylic Acid toner to be the perfect match for me. Why is Salicylic Acid amazing? Because unlike Glycolic Acid it has the ability to penetrate inside of the pore which helps to prevent further blemishes while helping to heal active ones. An added bonus to Salicylic Acid is that it is a excellent anti-irritant, helping to soothe the skin and calm redness.

With Glycolic Acid I wasn't too sure my skin was keen on it as I broke out whenever I used Alpha H's Liquid gold but since trying Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 8% AHA Gel my skin has loved the stuff. The only manual exfoliation I now use is my Clarisonic Plus which I use on heavy make up days. In the past I've used St. Ives Timeless Microdermabraion Face Scrub which is very gentle and doesnt contain any dreaded Peach Kernels - I shudder at the fact I used to use those. When using Salicylic Acid I don't find it to be as effective as Glycolic Acid is at exfoliating the top layer of skin, so every other night I swap the Salicylic Acid for the Glycolic Acid and my skin tone in left flake free and clear.

The only improvement I haven't seen from using Glycolic Acid is that the marks left over from previous blemishes haven't healed any quicker then they would have without it. I've recently brought a couple of Paula's Choice products from her American website - RESIST C15 Super Booster and RESIST Dark Spot Eraser 2% BHA (they are not allowed to be sold in the EU) to see if they can help with the scaring that's left behind. 

Are you a fan or BHA's or AHA's?
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