If healthy and radiant skin is your goal, exfoliating should definitely be in your skincare regime. No, we’re not referring to using scrubs or beads or anything like that, we’re talking about exfoliating acids that help get rid of the surface of dead skin cells to reveal new and pigmented skin cells.
Yes, we’re talking about AHAs and BHAs!
AHAs and BHAs are types of hydroxy acids and depending on the concentration, an AHA or BHA product may remove dead skin cells from the surface of the skin, or it may remove the whole outermost layer. Both are highly effective methods of exfoliation without tearing your skin as most scrubs can do.
What Are AHAs?
AHA stands for alpha hydroxy acid and is a water soluble acid made from sugary fruits. One of the most widely used type of acid in skincare products, AHAs are generally recommended for normal to dry, sun-damaged skin, thanks to their ability to enhance natural moisturizing factors within the skin.
The Benefits of AHAs
AHAs are primarily used for:
- mild hyperpigmentation like age spots, melasma, and scars
- enlarged pores
- fine lines and surface wrinkles
- uneven skin tone
AHAs target all areas of the skin and although is marketed as safe for all skin types, should be used in gradually increasing amounts to avoid irritating your skin. AHAs have an exfoliative effect, increasing the shedding of dead skin cells retained at the surface.
AHAs also help stimulate collage production, making it ideal for those wanting to reduce the appearance of fine lines. AHAs been proven effective in reducing the visible signs of sun damage and wrinkles
What Are BHAs?
BHA stands for beta hydroxy acid, is gentler and designed more for daily use. Salicylic acid that is often found in acne products? That’s a BHA!
BHAs are organic carboxylic acids that work on skin’s surface and deep inside the pore. As they are oil-soluble, it’s also great for normal to oily skin that’s prone to bumps, clogs, blemishes, and enlarged pores.
The Benefits of BHAs
Users of BHAs will reap the skin-calming properties of the acid. As it is gentler on the skin, it is also often used for people prone to redness or rosacea.
Salicylic acid is known to fight bacteria and it really helps to clean out and dissolve excess sebum build-up, so if you have an oilier, blemish-prone skin, salicylic acid is a great treatment.
Treatments for Acne:
- Peels like Retinol peels or a milk peel with Dermaceutic
- IPL for ACNE
- Fontana for active acne
Products for Acne:
Touted as the gentler, natural alternative to retinol, with similar benefits as retinol but without the irritation that sometimes comes along with that ingredient. The AnteAGE MD system contains Bakuchiol and is a powerful healing formula.
Ultraceuticals Ultra A
The Ultra A perfecting serum contains Retinol (pure Vitamin A) and visibly plumps and refine skin texture to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Deciem The Ordinary
The Ordinary products are a great entry level product that contains pure retinol and is non-irritating. It reduces the appearance of fine lines, and general skin aging.
Fight the visible signs of ageing and sun-damage with Retriderm, a skincare formula that delivers retinol in an oil-free, protein-rich serum.
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