B. Kamins AHA + BHA Gommage


If there ever was a holy trifecta of acids in skin care, it would be glycolic acid + lactic acid + salicylic acid. And this clever, clever scrub has all three. It’s a beautiful product with tiny rice beads to refine skin, rice bran extract to soothe, and that trifecta of acids to beautify skin deeply. It’s a wonderful product for all but the driest of skin types — and you see results in as little as one use, depending on how well you’ve been exfoliating all along. -Nicki Zevola


Glycolic acid

Glycolic acid has a small molecular structure, so it goes deeper into the skin than other AHAs.

Glycolic acid is shown in independent peer-reviewed studies to increase collagen by stimulating fibroblasts, thus making it a great anti-aging ingredients (International Journal of Cosmetic Science).  It’s also been shown to increase skin firmness over time with regular use.

However, like nearly all great exfoliating agents, it does temporarily thin the skin at first. So it’s important to always remember sunscreen!

Lactic acid

Lactic acid, on the other hand, has two primary differences from glycolic acid.

First, lactic acid has a larger molecular structure than glycolic acid, so it smoothes out the surface layer of the skin (Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology).

Second, lactic acid increases skin’s hydration more than glycolic acid. Interestingly enough, both lactic acid and glycolic acid are hydrating by nature. However, many people think they are irritating because higher concentrations of AHAs than in B. Kamins AHA+BHA Gommage can be irritating, and the resultant dryness and redness leads people to think AHAs are drying. Small doses, or gradually increased doses over time, are hydrating (Cosmetic Dermatology).

Salicylic acid

Salicylic acid works by softening keratin, a protein that forms part of the skin structure. This helps to loosen dry, scaly skin, increasing cell turnover and effectively renewing the skin. It is often used in acne treatments to cleanse and to prevent clogging of the pores. When salicylic acid is used in combination with other treatments, it is often to allow the other formulation’s ingredients to penetrate the skin more effectively.

Who is this product designed for?

All skins, except hyper-sensitive and pustular acne.


Make sure skin is dry after cleansing. Apply AHA+BHA Gommage in a thick coat all over the face and neck. Avoid area close to eyes.  After approximately two minutes, begin gommage techniques, focusing on areas that are thick, dull, and asphyxiated. Once gommage is completed, rinse with lukewarm water. Can be used once or twice a week. Follow with the Revitalizing Booster Concentrate.


Aqua/Water/Eau, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Glycolic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Stearic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Glycerin, Lactic Acid, PEG-8, Acrylamide/Sodium Acrylate Polymer, Mineral Oil, Trideceth-6, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Cetyl Alcohol, Dibutyl Adipate, Pentaerythrityl Distearate, Bambusa Arundinacea Stem Powder, Acer Saccharum (Maple Isolate), Sodium Lauryl Glucose Carboxylate, Lauryl Glucoside, Salicylic Acid, Polyglyceryl-2, Dipolyhydroxystearate, Carbomer, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Sodium Lactate, Mentha Piperita, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbic Acid.

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