These acids might sound similar but they do completely opposite things. Glycolic Acid vs Salicylic Acid: how should you know which to use?
In the past, I’ve blindly tried skincare products and had some disastrous results. My skin leans slightly towards the oily side, so when I use a product that works better on dry skin it does not go well.
After doing some serious research and incorporating both into my skincare (at separate times and then together), I’ve figured not only what works for me but why it works!
So, Glycolic Acid vs Salicylic Acid. Which is better?
Let’s start with the basics.
Glycolic Acid is water soluble and occurs in sugar cane, sugar beets, and pineapples. It basically helps exfoliate the top level of your skin. It’s often used to treat conditions like hyper-pigmentation, wrinkles, and scars.
Creams and face washes will come in concentrations from 5-30%, and the higher the concentration the higher the potency. Your skin can become irritated if you jump to a high concentration right off the bat, but it’s very easy to build up to a higher concentration over time.
If you use Glycolic Acid, you’ll need to make sure you wear a medium-strength sunscreen, otherwise your skin can get damaged really quickly.