Suffering with dry, flaky and sensitive skin certainly isn’t pleasant. It only makes matters worse when your exfoliator contains grainy particles and scrubs your delicate skin. There is a much gentler option available for your exfoliating needs though, which is actually more effective. If you’re looking for a solution to regenerating your complexion and revealing brighter skin, then AHA and BHA ingredients in your skincare products could quite possibly change your routine forever. So let’s look at everything you need about AHAs and BHAs and what they do to benefit your daily skincare regime.
What Exactly Are AHAs and BHAs?
AHA stands for Alpha Hydroxy Acid, whilst BHA stands for Beta Hydroxy Acid. Sounds a little bit scary, but don’t be alarmed by the word acid; these ingredients are highly effective and can be very gentle. In fact, if you have used any products including Glycolic, Lactic, Tartaric, Citric, Malic, Salicylic or Mandelic Acid, then you’ve used an AHA or BHA probably without even realising it. Derived from fruit, milk and other natural sources, they’re safe to use on the skin despite the seemingly threatening ‘acid’ label.
What Does AHA and BHA In Skincare Do?
The main differences between AHAs and BHAs are that AHAs exfoliate the surface of the skin, moisturise skin and build collagen. BHAs exfoliate both the surface of the skin and inside pores, dry out skin and have been shown to reduce inflammation. Due to these qualities, people who only want to solve sun damage issues and dry skin usually opt for AHAs whereas those with acne, rosacea and other skin inflammation issues opt for BHAs.