What is AHA or BHA? Which one is more suitable for you?
AHA - Alpha Hydroxy Acid
Examples: glycolic acid, lactic acid, mandelic acid, citric acid etc.
It is an acid derived from natural substances that is water soluble and helps to exfoliate the skin's surface. It helps to dissolve the bonds that hold dead skin cells together and improve the skin's moisture content. It's great for rejuvenating aging skin but does not penetrate as deep as using a BHA.
**This is more suitable for people with sun-damaged and dry skin.
BHA - Beta Hydroxy Acid
Examples: salicylic acid, citric acid
It's an oil-loving acid (opposite of AHA - water soluble and loving acid). BHA can bypass through the oil that clogs your pores and helps to stabilize the lining of pores. It has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and pore cleaning properties. (i.e. helps with black and white heads)
**This is more suitable for people with oily and acne-prone skin. Strongly recommended to be used with sun screen.
- Most acids are derived synthetically (aka in a lab) as it helps to keep acidity levels stable and control it's strength to be suitable for human skin.
- Before buying any AHA or BHA product - make sure your skin is suitable.
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