The truth about AHA vs BHA
AHA stands for alpha hydroxy acid. BHA stands for beta hydroxy acid which are a group of acids used to exfoliate and hydrate the skin. These two groups of acids are often referred to as “chemical exfoliants” found in our 12% AHA/BHA Exfoliating Serum.
Our skin naturally sheds the surface layer of dead skin cells, but this slows down with age. Often when the skin has a build up of dead skin cells it can look dull, dry, or flaky. A build up of dead skin cells can lead to clogged, enlarged pores; bumps, wrinkles, loss of firmness, and uneven skin tone. That’s why we LOVE AHA/BHA’s because they have the ability to gently exfoliate the skin but also hydrate the skin and increase cellular turnover for healthy glowing skin.
The most common forms AHA’s are glycolic acid, lactic acid, tartaric acid, malic acid and citric acid and are derived from sugar cane and other plant sources.
AHA are water soluble and are usually recommended for ageing, dry or sun damaged skin. This is because they work on the surface layer and have the ability to enhance natural moisturising factors within skin.
The most common form of BHA is salicylic acid.
BHA’s are oil soluble and work on the skin’s surface but also deep inside the pore, making it the preferred option for normal to oily skin prone to breakouts, blemishes, and enlarged pores. BHA’s are derived from the willow tree bark. salicylic acid is known to fight acne causing bacteria and also have skin calming properties.
Combined is the ultimate serum, allowing you to tackle multiple skin concerns at once.
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