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Beta Hydroxy Acid Serum : What you need to know

08.07.2020 | Skincare

What are Beta Hydroxy Acids?

Beta Hydroxy Acids are oil soluble chemical exfoliators and a great choice for oily and breakout prone skin

They work deeper in the skin than Alpha Hydroxy Acids, and can help unclog pores and target blackheads. With anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, they help control inflammation and reduce the bacteria that causes breakouts. 

Salicylic Acid is the most commonly used Beta Hydroxy Acid in skincare and the ingredient to look out for! We use it in three of our top blemish busting products. 

Salicylic Acid Cleanser

This non-drying, lightly foaming cleanser removes makeup and dirt, while helping to reduce blackheads and breakouts.

Formulated with 

  • 2% salicylic acid helps to unclog pores and gently exfoliate
  • Zinc compound helps reduce excess oil
  • 0.5% allantoin helps soothe irritation

Use AM and PM daily as the first step of your skincare recipe.

Beta Hydroxy Acid Serum

This works to unclog pores and further help tackle breakouts, blemishes and blackheads in a concentrated exfoliating serum.

Formulated with:

  • 2% salicylic acid helps to unclog pores and gently exfoliate 
  • 1% low molecular Hyaluronic Acid to prevent dryness

Use AM or PM daily 

C-50 Blemish Treatment

Working overnight, this uses a Vitamin C and Vitamin E combination, alongside Salicylic Acid to help reduce the bacteria count on your skin, helping prevent and reduce blemishes.

Formulated with:

  • 5% stay-c® 50 helps to prevent and reduce blemishes and breakouts
  • 2% salicylic acid helps to unclog pores and gently exfoliate
  • Lotus Extract helps to balance oi

Use in the evenings, two or three times a week in place of a moisturiser. Leave to work overnight before following your usual morning routine.

Salicylic Acid Exfoliating Scalp Treatment

This lightweight serum that helps to remove dead skin build up on the scalp, balance oil and reduce redness.

Formulated with:

  • 2% SALICYLIC ACID helps to exfoliate and reduce the appearance of an oily scalp
  • 2.5% FLUIDIPURE™ 8G helps to reduce scalp’s redness
  • 1% PANTHENOL helps to hydrate and moisturise hair

Use one to two times a week, AM or PM, gently massaging into the scalp, leaving to work for ten minutes before washing hair with your usual shampoo and conditioner.


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