I spent a lot of time working with the best formulators in the U.S.A. and together we made the best salicylic acid I’ve ever tried, but I’m coming to realize that there is only so much you can do with salicylic acid. I just don’t think it’s that great of an acne fighting ingredient, no matter how much you bump it up with auxiliary ingredients. In the end, I prefer AHA.

26 Responses to “Answering your questions about Salicylic Acid and AHA”

  • Laura

    Hi Dan, Thank you so much for answering my questions :-) I have been on the regimen a year now and am 99% clear using BP and AHA so I think I will stick with what I am doing. I am willing to try anything you bring out but sometimes it’s like, ah too many products when do I use them along with the basic regimen. It is so helpful when you answer our questions, thanks again.

    PS a quick sun question which may sound stupid…..do we need to wear sunscreen in winter sun (I live in the UK), I don’t bother and didn’t know if I should??

  • frank

    does the AHA only work on beginning pimples? Sometimes i get pimple that come to a head but i would rather not pop them (fear of scarring) so I was wondering does AHA work on a full size pimple?

  • J

    Ever since I have been on the regimen I am scared of the sun! However, I am about 70% clearer of acne especially the ones on that just take for ever to clear. The only thing is that my skin is always red or pinkish, is there anything that can be done about that or do I just need to give it time???

  • Realme2008

    You shouldn’t be scared of the sun J. You should just limit ur skin exposure, and make sure to wear a spf. How long have you been on the regimen? If it’s only been a couple of weeks than a little redness and agitation is to be expected.Are you using the recommended b.p. dosage? There are so many underlying factors.

  • Bobby

    Hi Dan! I’m glad you are finally going into detail about the SA+, but I do have some questions about it. Is it a viable replacement to BP? Because my skin gets waaaay too dry using BP, I am stuck using the SA+ for my main product, but it makes my face too red if used twice a day. Is AHA+ better than SA+ for standalone treatment WITHOUT the BP? And will the AHA+ be irritating if used daily, even twice daily?

  • shooshoo

    I use AHA everynight and my skin has no problems with this. Is it ok to use the AHA everynight? or am I overdoing it?

  • Emma

    Hi Dan
    I’ve just ordered the SA to try as a nightly moisturizer because as you mentioned in your previous posts you said you were pleased with how your skin was looking- I noticed it too- it had a really healthy glow to it. In this post though you seen less impressed by the SA so have you stopped using it now? Have you noticed the glow to your skin has changed?
    Thanks Em

  • jo the girl

    when I use AHA, it seems it makes my pimple bigger and ads 1 little one next to the one I already have. has anyone experienced this before?

  • Anna

    I don’t know if you’ve ever considered it but I’d much prefer the AHA (and salicylic acid if you do wind up keeping it around) in a gel form (much like your BP) instead of a lotion form so that I can contol the moisture level I put on my face with mosturizer/jojoba oil. I’ve also noticed that other brands of AHA which are in gel form don’t ball up under makeup like the lotion based ones seem to.

  • Diandra

    Hey Dan,
    You said that you only use the AHA+ about every third night, but I use it at my night time moisturizer every day. So I was wondering if this was bad or if it’s okay to use as a daily night time moisturizer?

    Thanks

  • kayla

    Hi DAn, I really want to try this product. I had acne for about five years( since 4th grade) and im tired of it. I want to try your product because it’s my only hope. Ive gotten great feedback on the regimen , whichs make me even more excited!

    kayka

  • veda

    Hi Dan,

    Um what’s a really good moisturizer for sensitive skin, because it seem as though all the moisturizers i use they just break me out. What do you suggest?

  • Gyroscope352

    Aww, that’s too bad that you’re thinking of getting rid of the SA. I love it! Man, I’m gonna have a hard time finding something else that works…

  • Sierra117

    Do you think it’s too much to use the AHA every night or even other night, and should limit it to two times a week?

  • thp1017

    I want to second Anna’s request for a gel formulation of AHA and SA -allowing people to mix and match based on their own regimen, and skin needs, seems like it would be a great idea – if you don’t use BP, or as much BP, or have more oily skin naturally, the amount of moisture in your AHA and SA products may be too much, especially during the summer months. It certainly sounds like adding a few drops of jojoba oil to a gel base should work great for people who need it…

  • JJ

    Question: If I use AHA everyday, will I build up a resistance to it and will it stop working as effectively after a while?

  • Miho

    Noooooo, PLEASE do not discontinue the SA! :-( I would be hard pressed to find another SA product. Being female – and fashion forward ;-) – I can’t use white t-shirts every day under regular clothes, and during summer I will have to use the AHA less because it makes the skin sensitive to the sun. So if there is no SA I won’t have anything to battle acne during the day. :-((

  • AndT

    I’ve been reading some articles on line that a combination of SA and AHA (glycolic acid) is more effective than using one or the other separately. Have any of you guys tried doing that? Maybe could make for a good product idea..

  • CFC123

    Please do not discontinue the SA, BP really messes my face up and this is the only viable alternative i can see for myself!

  • maca

    I’ve stopped using AHA after reports in the UK stating that pronled use permanently thins the skin increasing the chance of skin cancer. I’ve switched to using SA and thing it is wonderful sorry you have decided to discontinue it.

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