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  • Writer's pictureAshley Moody, Licensed Esthetician

All About Acids - AHA's and BHA's

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Acids in skincare | AHA vs BHA

Acids are chemical exfoliants that help to remove dead skin cells revealing smooth, healthy skin underneath, providing benefits such as minimized pores, less noticeable lines and wrinkles, improved tone and texture, even skin tone, reduced inflammation, and more radiant skin. When used at the right concentration, Acids provide many benefits. You'll find lower concentrations in everyday skincare products such as facial cleansers, toners, serums, and masks. Products containing a higher concentration of acids such as chemical peels are safest to be used in the presence of a licensed professional since they are more likely to irritate or burn the skin.


The most common skincare acids are grouped into AHA and BHA's.


Which acid is right for my skin type? AHA or BHA?


AHA "alpha hydroxy acids" such as glycolic, lactic, mandelic and citric acids penetrate the outermost layers of skin helping to shed dead skin cells and speed up the collagen renewal process. A great choice for those looking for prevention, anti-aging or to clear up light sun damage.


Glycolic acid is a personal favorite of mine and is one of the most popular AHA's due it its many benefits for anti-aging, hyperpigmentation, and preventing breakouts by controlling oil production.


Citric acid (different from Vitamin C) has many of the same benefits, maintains a healthy skin barrier, plus contains anti-oxidant properties.


Lactic acid is a more gentle exfoliant which balances the microbiome of the skin for people with sensitive skin and acne. and helps to keep your skin feeling more hydrated. Dry, sensitive skin may have better results with lactic acid.


BHA "beta hydroxy acids" acids are wonderful for acne prone skin. Salicylic acid is a BHA that can effectively unclog pesky pores and help prevent future breakouts. Salicylic acid can get deep into your skin to do its job. This quality is precisely what makes it such a potent ingredient for targeting acne


When introducing acids into your skincare routine, be sure to start with a lower concentration to see how your skin reacts. If using retinol or vitamin C, alternate uses between day and night to ensure effectiveness of your skincare products. (Vitamin C in the morning, Glycolic at night)


If unsure where to begin, you can book a treatment at Bisous Esthetics and we'll figure out which skincare ingredients/acids your skin type will benefit most from.




Ashley Moody

Licensed Esthetician


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