All About AHA and BHA Exfoliants

Human skin is capable of doing a lot of amazing things. From creating new cells to the shedding of dead ones, it pretty much does everything self-sufficiently. But, with growing age and over-exposure to the harmful radiations of the sun, the skin may lose its capability to exfoliate. This results in dry, dull, flaky and damage-prone skin. The ceasing of the exfoliation process may be seen in your face in the form of pimples, acne, wrinkles (before age), uneven skin tone and many other skin abnormalities. As our skin gets less and less competent of naturally shedding off the dead skin, that’s the time we must turn towards peeling products like AHA and BHA.

The amazing benefits of AHA and BHA products are not new to the consumerist world. The results are pretty much like peeling off a face mask and revealing a fresh, new-looking skin. However, one might find themselves stuck on the decision of which one to choose among the two Exfoliators. The answer is not as complicated as you may think.

How AHA And BHA are similar – Much Of A Muchness!

AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) like lactic and glycolic acids and BHA (Beta Hydroxy/Salicylic Acids) both tend to break the bonds that hold the dull skin to the surface. As these bonds are separated, the dead skin cells gently shed off. You cannot actually see your skin peeling (thankfully) but with regular and proper use you’d be able to notice glowing and younger-looking skin.

For these Exfoliants to work effectively, the formulation must be confined to a narrow pH range, that is, between 3-4. We don’t want to be harsh on the skin, do we? We need to have as gentle concentration as possible for these Exfoliants to work on our skin without causing any harm to it.

So, to be precise, both AHA and BHA do the same to the skin – exfoliate, make your skin clearer, treat fine lines and wrinkles, and provide an even skin tone.

How AHA And BHA Are Different?

For normal to dry skin, AHAs are preferred as they are water-soluble and work on the surface of the skin. These are basically preferred for dry or sun-damaged skin as AHA enhances the natural moisturisation of the skin. It’s not that BHAs aren’t moisturizing, only the way both of these chemicals work is a bit different.

The BHA works on the surface of the skin as well as deep into the pores. Being oil-soluble, it is preferred for normal to oily skin, and not for dry skin. BHAs work on enlarged pores, blemishes, clogs and bumps. These also have natural skin-calming properties that decrease skin irritation and redness. BHA is calming in nature and apt for skin disposed to milia.

Can AHA And BHA Be Combined?

Generally, AHA and BHA come in skin products like serums and creams and are remarked to be pretty beneficial for the skin. If you are buying AHA and BHA products separately, or even a combined one, it’s always better that you try each product separately first to see their individual results. You can as well apply one of these in the morning and one at night. Once you find them safe separately, you can try a patch test combining both on the lower cheek or neck. If you get no rashes or redness, you can safely use the combined product.

Don’t consider using both AHA and BHA at the same time because of the fear of missing out. Always remember that both of them do the same for the skin. Choose according to your skin type.

Tips To Add AHA And BHA To Your Skin-Routine

  • Add it to your routine – after applying a toner- morning or/and evening.
  • If you wish to keep both of them, apply one in the morning and the other in the evening. The one you apply in the morning must be accompanied by a sunscreen lotion or cream at least with SPF 20+.
  • You can change this routine every 15 days or one month altering the time of application of each.
  • Different strengths of AHA and BHA can also be tried as per the skin’s requirement. Begin with a more dilute one and then increase the concentration according to the requirement. Make sure to be gentle on your skin.

Few Words Before Bidding Goodbye (For Now)

Give your skin that extra shot of pampering that it deserves. Make a proper routine for your day and night skincare, and add AHA and BHA serum or cream whenever you feel that your skin is not doing that well. Have you noticed that your nails begin to get dull and dirty over time if proper care is not supplied? Your skin works the same way. Exfoliation from time to time keeps your skin healthy and glowing.





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