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What is BETA HYDROXY in a cleanser

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At the store I saw an Olay Cleanser that says it contains Beta Hydroxy in it. Does anyone know what this is/does? Would it be a good cleanser to use in the Regimen, or is it not gentle enough? Just curious.

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Ok, I found this to answer my own question on about.com ....its is a salicylic acid, so I guess it shouldn't be used on the regimen. But I also found this section comparing Beta Hydroxy, and Alpha Hydroxy, and it seems like for whiteheads we should be using beta instead of alpha...but only according to about.com

"There is only one beta hydroxy acid - salicylic acid. The main difference between alpha hydroxy acids and beta hydroxy acid is their lipid (oil) solubility. Alpha hydroxy acids are water soluble only, while beta hydroxy acid is lipid (oil) soluble. This means that beta hydroxy acid is able to penetrate into the pore which contains sebum and exfoliate the dead skin cells that are built up inside the pore. Because of this difference in properties, beta hydroxy acid is better used on oily skin with blackheads and whiteheads. Alpha hydroxy acids are better used on thickened, sun-damaged skin where breakouts are not a problem."

What do you all think?

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