There are two types of hydroxy acids; AHA’s and BHA’s. But do you really know what they do? And more importantly, are you using the correct one for your skin?
Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA) are water soluble and derived from sugary fruits. Their main purpose is to gently exfoliate, soften fine lines and wrinkles and to help smooth the skin to reveal refreshed and radiant skin. Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHA) are oil soluble and can go deeper into the skin to un-clog pores helping to remove and break down excess skin, oil and bacteria that sits in pores and causes blockages which then can turn in to spots or congestion.
Which acid is which?
AHA’s: Asiatic, Citric*, Glycolic, Lactic, Mandelic, Malic, Tartaric – Great for most skin types (take care with sensitive)
BHA’s: Citric*, Salicylic – Use for acne/congested
* Different forms of Citric acids fall under both AHA & BHA categories
There is also a lot of confusion when it comes to Hyaluronic acid too. The name is a little deceiving as it does not fall under any of the above categories. It is in fact super hydrating, holding up to 1,000 times its own weight in water. Hyaluronic acid will plump skin, restore moisture and help to smooth fine lines and wrinkles. Perfect for those with dry, dehydrated skin and even suitable for sensitive skins too.
Introducing products with hydroxy acids into your skin care routine can give some great results without breaking the bank. If you are unsure on which one is best for your skin type, it’s best to speak with us first and we can guide you to the most suitable product for your skin type and needs.
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