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Glycolic vs Salicylic acid

Ok so I have a Glycolic wash and a Saliylic wash whats better?I also have a wash from my derm that has both.Also is twice a week good to use the two acids just to exfoliate and on other days use a BP wash daily.And one more qustion What does Differin exactly do that kills acne?

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Re: your glycolic/salicylic acid question... It's really a matter of taste, I guess. Glycolic acid can be a bit stronger, as it's the simplest of the alpha hydroxy acids. Salicylic is actually a beta hydroxy acid, and as such is not as potent pound for pound (so to speak). I would say stick with one or the other. Too much can lead to irritation, and you don't need too much exfoliation to see the benefits of it.

About Differin: I think it's just another kind of topical retinoid, adapalene specifically, like isotretinoin (accutane) and Retin-A. So it pretty much halts or severely slows oil production on your skin. It essentially keeps the stuff that plugs up the pores from forming, hence stopping acne from forming. I have no idea what it, if anything, it does to the P. acnes bacteria themselves, other than perhaps depriving them of their carbon source (skin oil). Hope this helps.

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Re: your glycolic/salicylic acid question... It's really a matter of taste, I guess. Glycolic acid can be a bit stronger, as it's the simplest of the alpha hydroxy acids. Salicylic is actually a beta hydroxy acid, and as such is not as potent pound for pound (so to speak). I would say stick with one or the other. Too much can lead to irritation, and you don't need too much exfoliation to see the benefits of it.

About Differin: I think it's just another kind of topical retinoid, adapalene specifically, like isotretinoin (accutane) and Retin-A. So it pretty much halts or severely slows oil production on your skin. It essentially keeps the stuff that plugs up the pores from forming, hence stopping acne from forming. I have no idea what it, if anything, it does to the P. acnes bacteria themselves, other than perhaps depriving them of their carbon source (skin oil). Hope this helps.

Thanks alot...that makes things clearer.But do they both do the same thing to the skin?

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Re: your glycolic/salicylic acid question... It's really a matter of taste, I guess. Glycolic acid can be a bit stronger, as it's the simplest of the alpha hydroxy acids. Salicylic is actually a beta hydroxy acid, and as such is not as potent pound for pound (so to speak). I would say stick with one or the other. Too much can lead to irritation, and you don't need too much exfoliation to see the benefits of it.

About Differin: I think it's just another kind of topical retinoid, adapalene specifically, like isotretinoin (accutane) and Retin-A. So it pretty much halts or severely slows oil production on your skin. It essentially keeps the stuff that plugs up the pores from forming, hence stopping acne from forming. I have no idea what it, if anything, it does to the P. acnes bacteria themselves, other than perhaps depriving them of their carbon source (skin oil). Hope this helps.

Thanks alot...that makes things clearer.But do they both do the same thing to the skin?

Essentially, yes. They just kind of weaken the outermost layer of dead skin cells and makes it easier for them to slough off. Personally, I would recommend either a low (5% or less) concentration of glycolic acid, or a lactic acid-based product (lactic acid is milder, and is better for use as an all-day-wear kind of formula).

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Re: your glycolic/salicylic acid question... It's really a matter of taste, I guess. Glycolic acid can be a bit stronger, as it's the simplest of the alpha hydroxy acids. Salicylic is actually a beta hydroxy acid, and as such is not as potent pound for pound (so to speak). I would say stick with one or the other. Too much can lead to irritation, and you don't need too much exfoliation to see the benefits of it.

About Differin: I think it's just another kind of topical retinoid, adapalene specifically, like isotretinoin (accutane) and Retin-A. So it pretty much halts or severely slows oil production on your skin. It essentially keeps the stuff that plugs up the pores from forming, hence stopping acne from forming. I have no idea what it, if anything, it does to the P. acnes bacteria themselves, other than perhaps depriving them of their carbon source (skin oil). Hope this helps.

Thanks alot...that makes things clearer.But do they both do the same thing to the skin?

Essentially, yes. They just kind of weaken the outermost layer of dead skin cells and makes it easier for them to slough off. Personally, I would recommend either a low (5% or less) concentration of glycolic acid, or a lactic acid-based product (lactic acid is milder, and is better for use as an all-day-wear kind of formula).

Yeah thats what I will use.Im going to only do it weekly and use a BP wash on days when I'm not using it.

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