Literature on AHA, BHA and retinol formulation
After almost two years of researching, working and experimenting with raw materials to formulate custom skin care basics for my personal use (i.e. face wash, moisturizer, makeup setting spray, different serums), I want to dive into the world of formulating with AHA, BHA and retinols.
I know they’re ingredients for experienced formulators, which I definitely don’t consider myself to be, but I would love to get there someday. Which is why I want to approach this safely and do the appropriate research before getting into the actual practical formulating step. (Don’t worry, I do have access to a pH meter with 0.01 resolution and all the appropriate PPE at my place of work for when the time comes, however long that may be).
But I’m kind of lost as to where would be a good idea to start my reading. Are there any articles, books, papers or resources that you would recommend on the subject? I’ve been searching up on the internet and haven’t been able to find information that isn’t too broad. I’m talking about the actual process of formulating with these ingredientes, aspects to keep in mind, precautions to take, anything that helps. They don’t necessarily have to be free resources, I’m willing to buy them if they’re available to me (Mexico).
Also, @Perry does your practical formulation course include a section about these ingredients in particular? Because I’m saving up to take it (the perks of having an intern salary ) regardless if it does or not, but it would be nice to know just how in depth it goes about them or if I would need additional resources to specialize in those ingredients.
Thank you so much for all the work you guys put into this forum, you’re my real life heroes!
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