Salicylic acid and emollients
I am working on a gentle exfoliating gel-cream face mask with willow bark extract (at a 10% standardized concentration of salicylic acid) which in my formula should work out to 1.8 percent salicylic acid.
I recently read (on dermascope.com) that the acid will react to emollient oils and therefore they should not be used together. Is this true? Would it be more effective as a gel only mask with willow bark extract and hyaluronic acid as the skin conditioning agent?