Introducing AHA/BHA - these exfoliating acids that can take your skincare routine to the next level! So powerful yet gentle, these exfoliating ingredients have gained popularity for their ability to improve skin texture, refine pores, and promote a brighter, more youthful complexion. Whether you're dealing with dullness, acne, or signs of aging, AHA (alpha hydroxy acids) and BHA (beta hydroxy acids) can be your main weapons for achieving a perfect skin.
In this blog, we will explore the world of AHA/BHA, unravel their benefits, and guide you on how to incorporate them into your skincare routine.
AHA and BHA: The Differences
AHA or alpha hydroxy acids and BHA or beta hydroxy acids are two types of chemical exfoliants that are well-known as wonder workers for your skin.
AHAs, which are known for their ability to gently remove dead skin cells from the surface, helping to reveal a smoother and brighter complexion. They are particularly effective in targeting fine lines, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation. The most common AHAs include:
Glycolic Acid - from sugarcane
Lactic Acid - from milk
Citric Acid - extracted from citrus fruits
Malic Acid - from applies
Mandelic Acid - from bitter almonds
Over the preceding two decades, studies have investigated the clinical application and function of AHAs, and results have proved that the effectiveness of AHAs is determined by concentration and exposure time.
BHAs commonly in the form of salicylic acid from willow bark, help to penetrate deep into the pores, dissolving excess sebum and unclogging them. This makes BHA a fantastic option for those struggling with acne, blackheads, and oily skin. You can choose the right skin refiner for your specific concerns and achieve the best results, by understanding the unique properties of AHA and BHA.
Choosing the Right AHA/BHA for Your Skin
When making the choice between AHA and BHA, the decision weighs on your skin concerns. If you're dealing with concerns such as blackheads or acne, opting for BHA or a blend of AHA/BHA would be best to address the concern.
For concerns like dry skin or anti-aging, AHA becomes the preferred option to exfoliate and treat the uppermost skin layer. If your skin needs extra attention—think persistent pores, deep wrinkles, or rough texture— a combination approach can be more effective.
Tips for Using AHAs/BHAs
It is essential to take certain precautions and follow specific tips for optimal results and safety, when using AHA/BHA.
We suggest starting with a patch test on a small area of your skin, to check for any reactions or sensitivity.
When using AHAs and BHAs as your exfoliating step, we only recommend using these 1-3 times a week at night. When using a serum that contains AHAs and/or BHAs, gradually introduce the product into your skincare routine: initially using it once a week and then increasing frequency as tolerated.
Always follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer or consult your Esthetician to avoid using AHA/BHA products in combination with other exfoliants to prevent over-exfoliation.
One important step to protect your skin’s barrier and prevent skin sensitivity, we recommend wearing SPF every day to prevent burns, age spots, and increased skin cancer risks, along with reapplying every 2 hours.
AHAs and BHAs can significantly change the appearance of your skin concerns when used consistently. Both AHAs and BHAs can best show their benefits when applied properly and when not over used. Consulting with a dermatologist or Esthetician, is highly recommended when it comes to choosing the proper AHA/BHA products and how to use them in your skincare routine. They can answer any questions you have and recommend specific ingredients or products to try.
Confused about where to start with your at home routine? Come visit our studio and we will be able to guide you to your best skin yet!