Ingredient Glossary


Beta Hydroxy Acids

What does it do?

Salicylic Acid is the most common and well-known Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA). BHAs are similar to AHAs as they both exfoliate the skin, helping it appear smoother and brighter. Salicylic Acid is oil-soluble, meaning it has the ability to penetrate deeper into the skin and exfoliate inside the pore; ideal for oily skin. This also makes it effective for reducing breakouts, including blackheads and whiteheads.

Where does it originate from?

Salicylic Acid can be naturally derived from the willow tree bark or made synthetically.

When should I use it?

This ingredient can be used day and night.

What skin type is it best suited to?

BHAs are best suited for oily, combination and blemish-prone skin types.

What does it work well with?

BHAs work well with Niacinamide to calm and balance the skin.

What should it not be used with?

Avoid using it alongside AHAs like Glycolic or Lactic Acid or physical
exfoliators like Jojoba Beads to prevent over-exfoliation and irritation.

What else do I need to know?

BHAs can increase the skin's risk of sunburn so it's important to apply SPF daily and limit sun exposure when using this ingredient.

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