Is There Actually A Difference Between Body & Face Products?

Is There Actually A Difference Between Body & Face Products?


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You may notice that a lot of the products you use on your face have the same ingredients on the label as the ones you use on your body… If they’re made with the same things, shouldn’t you be able to use one all over? No, but ALSO yes. We’ll clarify.

You CAN use the products you use on your face, on your body. 

The skin conditions on our face and bodies form the same way. Our skin is covered in millions of tiny pores, and problems arise when these pores don’t remain clean and unclogged. For example, acne develops when your pores get plugged up with dead skin and excess oil, known as sebum. Bacteria grows in these clogged pores and causes pimples. 

A cleanser like SLMD Salicylic Acid Cleanser, with 0.5% Salicylic Acid is formulated to be used on your face, and can also be used on the rest of your body — if you find that you are experiencing body acne and want to tackle it quickly with what you have on hand! Spot Treatments, like SLMD Salicylic Acid Spot Treatment and BP Acne Spot Treatment are also safe to use anywhere extra stubborn pimples pop up, head to toe.

If you’re looking to easily incorporate exfoliation into your skincare routine, SLMD AHA/BHA Swipes are an easy way to do that. The mixture of Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, and Salicylic Acid can be used on your face, chest, and anywhere else on your body — to improve blackheads and whiteheads, overall skin tone, texture, and dark spots. 

You DON'T want to use body products on your face. 

Everyone’s skin is different, so what we're about to say may not apply to everyone. However, in general — most products formulated to treat conditions on the body are made with higher percentages of active ingredients, as that skin is thicker, stronger, and can handle more. Therefore, while these products are effective and should be used on your body, they can sometimes be too harsh for your face!

If you're looking to combat body acne, a body wash and body treatment spray, like SLMD BP Body Wash and Salicylic Acid Body Spray, is the best move. Formulated with 5% Benzoyl Peroxide, BP Body Wash works to kill the bacteria that invades clogged pores and leads to the formation of pimples, pustules, and nodules. Formulated with 2% Salicylic Acid, Salicylic Acid Body Spray can improve and prevent blackheads and whiteheads, with a mist coming out of a 360 degree spray nozzle — ideal for reaching every nook and cranny. You can find both of these in SLMD Body Acne System

If you're looking to improve rough, bumpy, KP-prone skin, or ingrown hairs on your body, exfoliation is key! SLMD Glycolic Acid Body Scrub and Glycolic Acid Body Lotion take care of that. Glycolic Acid Body Scrub is an in-shower treatment formulated with 10% Glycolic Acid, along with Lactic Acid and Willow Extract. This scrub can improve rough, dry skin by exfoliating chemically and physically scrubbing away dead skin cells with little granules, to leave skin feeling more soft and hydrated! In the lotion, Glycolic Acid breaks up dead skin cells and hydrates the skin by pulling in water molecules, and added Shea Butter locks in all of that hydration. You can find both of these in SLMD Body Smoothing System

Long story short? 

Your facial products may be used on your body (although, you may run out of them faster...) and your body products should be limited to your body! Now, go safely cleanse, scrub, and give your skin everywhere some TLC.


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