Glycolic Vs. Salicylic Acid: When Should I Use Them

Finding the right natural skincare products involves using the best ingredients. One of these groups of ingredients is acids. There are many to choose from to use in your skincare regimen that will make some big differences for your skin in natural skincare products. Two of them are glycolic acid and salicylic acid. They can do beneficial things for your skin, but in separate product delivery methods. Let’s look at glycolic vs. salicylic acid, so you know exactly when you should use them with our Cosmedica Skincare’s vegan, cruelty-free skincare products

The Difference Between the Two Acids

Glycolic acid and salicylic acid are two different types of acids. Glycolic acid is an alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA), which means that it’s water-soluble and made from fruit. Salicylic is a beta-hydroxy acid (BHA), so it comes from the bark of different types of trees, like willow or wintergreen. 

Both will exfoliate the skin and unclog your pores. Those are the main goals with any type of AHA or BHA in anti-aging skincare. Glycolic acid is better for those with normal to dry skin, while salicylic acid is perfect for those with oily or acne-prone skin. 

Some other benefits of each acid include decreasing the appearance of large pores, smoothing out your skin tone, improving texture of the skin by removing dead skin cells, and helping your other skincare products work better on fresh exfoliated skin. 

How to Incorporate Acids Into Your Skincare Regimen

If you want to try a great product with glycolic acid, Cosmedica Skincare’s 2.5 % Glycolic Facial Scrub is the one. It removes excess dead skin cells to reveal a more even, clear complexion. Your skin will absolutely glow once you get into the proper skincare regimen of exfoliating regularly with this scrub. Any skin type can use this scrub; use it at least three times per week for the best results. 


To try a product that has salicylic acid in it, our Mineral Enzyme Exfoliant is a spray-on formula that buffs away excess debris and makeup after you cleanse. Think of it as a super exfoliator for your skin that will reveal a bright and renewed complexion by getting rid of unwanted toxins. It’s suitable for any skin type, but those with sensitive skin, rosacea, eczema, or psoriasis can also use it as a clear skin product since it reduces inflammation and irritation. Plus, the Mineral Enzyme Exfoliant is safe and gentle enough to use four times per week. 

With Any Acid Based Exfoliation, You Need Extra Moisture

With any exfoliation products, it’s important to moisturize the new skin underneath. You’ll want to help bind moisture to the skin with our Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum. It holds up to 1,000 times its weight in water for skin that is plumped up and infused with life. Loving how your skin feels is easy once you try a hyaluronic acid serum. Put it on right after you exfoliate and before your moisturizer every day. 


We’d love for you to experience exactly how transformational these acids can be for your complexion. Glowing. Beautiful. Renewed. Try our vegan, cruelty-free skincare products today!



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