Salicylic and Glycolic Acid In The Cosmetics Industry

Friday, March 29th

There are two main types of Chemical Exfoliators found in skin care products: alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta-hydroxy acids (BHAs). Both classes of acids help exfoliate the skin, but they aren’t exactly the same.

According to Dr. Nava Greenfield, a Brooklyn-based dermatologist with Schweiger Dermatology Group, the main difference between them is their chemical structure, which affects how each type of acid penetrates the skin. For example, AHAs are water-soluble and they exfoliate by breaking down the outer layers of dead skin cells. (Our skin is made of mostly water, after all.) Meanwhile, BHAs, like salicylic acid, are oil-soluble, so they can penetrate deeper into pores and help unclog them.

Among those two acid classes, Greenfield said the most popular acids in skin care are salicylic, a BHA, and glycolic, an AHA. Amsyn, Inc. has teamed with one of the largest global manufacturers of both acids to offer Salicylic Acid and Glycolic Acid.

The cosmetics industry is rapidly changing and Amsyn can provide a multitude of options and grades for your business now!

To read more on the use of Salicylic Acid and Glycolic Acid in cosmetic applications click here