Here is a breakdown of the 4 main acids used in skin care and their uses.
Salicyclic Acid is an exfoliant it removes dead skin cells off the top layer of the skin (it is also used as a fungicide).
Glycolic Acid is in the AHA family.It penetrates the skin and loosens thickened surface areas (dry, rough and scaling skin). It is said to improve skin appearance by decreasing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
*Glycolic Acid & Salicylic Acid USED 2 GETHER ..
Glycolic acid is also helpful in the treatment of problem-prone or acne-prone skin when used in the context of a product that also contains salicylic acid. In fact, a recent study suggests that a glycolic/salicylic acid combination product may be more beneficial in acne treatment than 10% benzoyl peroxide.
AHA - Alpha hydroxy acids are among the most effective skin moisturizing agents available. They are said to reduce wrinkles and age spots.
BHA - Another good exfoliant. Beta hydroxy acids have a larger molecule than their cousin, alpha hydroxy acids. The larger molecule size keeps the beta hydroxy acid on the surface of the skin allowing it to more effectively penetrate and exfoliate within the pore. This action within the pores make it an ideal exfoliant for use on acne and acne-prone skin.
Glycolic acid (AHA) products can also be beneficial for acne even if they are used alone. Some people have adverse reactions to BHA/salicylic acid, and cannot use these types of products. They do not have to be used in conjunction.
Glycolic acid (AHA) can still get rid of dead skin cells that would have otherwise clogged pores, thus preventing future acne. It also gets rid of red spots much quicker.
Actually, there are only two: Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acids. Salicylic acid is a Beta Hydroxy Acid. Glycolic acid is an Alpha Hydroxy Acid.
Neutrogena's Body Smooth Lotion (which I just bought another bottle of) contains both of these acids. It also has sunscreens. I'm excited to find this product because I always have to combat body blemishes. This stuff should do the trick. I'll keep everyone updated!
hey FargoUT please do keep us updated on this product... I have suffered with bumps on my chest and arms for a while and I am VERY curious to see if this stuff helps or not ... sounds like it will with good old AHA/BHA combo, but we all know some products don't work and some do so keep us posted ok ???
Jim, I already have had some excellent results with the Neutrogena product. My chest acne has cleared up very quickly, and there are only a couple red marks left. I hope they fade soon, because they are annoying. The best part, I've found, is that this product clears up razor burn and irritation very quickly. I dunno if I would use this for a face cream, but it works if you shave your body hair. I'm very impressed! There is one downside: the price. It's about $12 for an 8.5 oz bottle.
well, I read on a drugstore newsletter that it's called
"Neutrogena Skin Smoothing Body Lotion SPF 15" and to look for it on store shelves come SEPTEMBER so maybe it just hasn't got to everyone just yet ..
But I'm sure jealous that FargoUT found it ...
the newsletter also said it supposed to help with not only body acne but with those damn red marks and bumps you just don't know what to call ... man I really want to try it out
Sorry, I was away from the message board for the weekend. I bought the product at my local Smith's here in Salt Lake City. It was hidden away behind some loofah sponges (I moved the sponges so other people could see the product there). I don't really know why I found it since Utah isn't exactly the biggest place in the world. But I guess my Smith's just happened to order it right away. I'm glad they did. As for the product working, it is doing its job very well. I haven't had a body breakout since I started using it. And while it has only been a week or two, that's still pretty good. Of course, only long term use will show its effectiveness (or lack thereof).