AHA vs BHA
Alpha Hydroxy Acid is defined as a group of plant and animal derived acids used in a variety of skincare products. AHA products are preferably used for dry skin, have the ability to exfoliate the skin, and to improve moisturize content for extra smoothness. The two most commonly used AHAs in skincare are glycolic acid (derived from sugar cane) and Lactic acid (derived from lactose or other carbohydrates). AHAs primary function is exfoliation. AHAs can also help with the promotion of collagen and blood flow, correcting discoloration of scars and age spots, improve appearance of surface lines and wrinkles, prevent acne breakouts, and brighten your complexion. How often can you use AHAs? This specific questions solely depends on your skin type and which AHA you are using. If you are using glycolic acid on dry, sun damaged skin, it is best to use it every other night. If you are using Lactic acid, it is best to use it once or twice a week at night (sensitive skin). Other skin types have the option to use lactic acid more often. Beta-hydroxy acid is primarily derived from one source: salicylic acid. Salicylic acid is a key ingredient to help exfoliate the skin to remove dead skin cells. Salicylic acid can also help clear blackheads and whiteheads by unclogging pores. BHAs are preferred for oily skin with congested pores, the ability to relieve clogged pores and white bumps, and skin calming and hydrating affects. BHAs also have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Salicylic acid can be used everyday either morning or night. It can be applied on oily, acne prone skin. If you are experiencing a breakout, you may find yourself using this acid both day and night while doing your routine. AHAs and BHAs actually have some shared benefits. These benefits are decreasing inflammation, decreasing the appearance of large pores and and surface wrinkles, evening out your skin tone, improving overall skin texture, removing dead skin cells, and unclogging pores to prevent acne. With benefits also comes differences with these products. One con of BHAs is there is only one of the in comparison to the many AHAs. AHAs are more geared toward age-related skin concerns. It is argued that BHAs might be the best for sensitive skin and acne prone skin. The big take away is how can you incorporate/combine these products? The main thing is that you do not want to layer and AHA on top of a BHA or vise versa. The main way to use these products is by alternating the use. You can use one product during your morning routine and the other product at night. A super cool thing about these products is that you can apply you AHA to any dry areas of your face and then apply you BHA to the oily parts of your skin. This is a great option for combination skin. You would be getting the benefits of both products without layering then and causing harm.
Acne face skincare
Oily and acne-prone skincare routine
Anti acne with salicylic acid
Happy Texture Tuesday!
⠀ Today I bring you my secret to fighting hormonal acne. ⠀ I have gone 23 years without ever having hormonal acne and then it decided to make its way into my life! Thankfully I had this trio to help it kick rocks. ⠀ @kitavamd gifted me their 3 step acne treatment and it has helped me so much. ⠀ Step 1 Acne Cleansing Gel: This cleanser includes salicylic acid and works to dissolve of acne bumps and impurities. This cleanser did a great job of drying out my acne bumps but I found that I can only use this for a max 5 consecutive days or it dries out my skin ⠀ Step 2 Smoothing Facial Cream: this moisturizer works to restore, balance, and nourish the skin. I truly do enjoy this moisturizer! It’s nice and creamy and my skin soaks it up ⠀ Step 3 Tea Tree Spot Treatment: this was my favorite step. This spot treatment helped so much and I noticed my spots reducing in size after just one day of using it. ⠀ Overall this trio is definitely a treatment that I will continue to use when spots appear. ⠀ *products gifted*
Red inflamed acne spots
I was doing so good with my skincare journey , i always seem to breakout before my cycle. I also tend to over analyze my skin causing me to do toooo much and end up with worse case of acne flare up. I broke out on my forehead and got frustrated since my skin was doing so well from a previous longgg acne breakout for months. I had seem to have clear skin. I used salucidic acid treatment on my acne this time and at first i liked that it seemed to dry my acne spot but now they are so red and blistered. ✨Any tips to recover from this ???? 😖 Recommendations & tips that will soothe my skin and help me with my breakout & irritated skin Currently using : -kose oil cleanse - simple moisturizing face wash -Cerave face lotion for normal to dry skin -Niacinaminide cos de baha -Vitamin c naturium -missha sun milk sunscreen What i used that worsened my case :( also my skin is very sensitive just a disclaimer: -Aztec clay -salycidic acid cos de baha (this is were it especially went all wrong) :|||
La Roche - Posay
I absolutely LOVED this product ! It worked wonders for my combination skin 😉 the cleanser is gentle on your skin , but has the best properties to fight acne . I had never tried this brand I picked it up at my local CVS. I am so glad I did I used it for a couple of months and saw the best results! It is very hard to find a good cleanser to help with acne . I suffer from acne time to time and most cleansers do not work for my skin! I always find 1/10 cleaners to work for my skin . This cleanser is a go in my books ! I am Asian and I have skin type that will also scar easily . Acne scars are the worst and I think this product definitely works in preventing acne and fighting it! LA ROCHE-POSAY - FREE Deluxe Lipikar Balm Sample with any purchase LA ROCHE-POSAY - EFFACLAR ACNE TREATMENT SYSTEM
LA ROCHE-POSAY -EFFACLAR ACNE TREATMENT SYSTEM
My Oldschool Acne Cure
It never occurred to me to use Calamine Lotion for acne until I saw the Mario Badescu drying lotion. It was pink which was a dead give away to me what it was. I looked it up and sure enough its calamine and salicylic acid. I hate salicylic acid, and literally had some calamine in the cupboard so figured I'd give it a go. For my sensitive skin this is pretty much perfect. I put a thick layer on my zits at night and even a thin layer on some of my oily problem areas. Similar to a clay mask you will see it dry up the oils and start to crack. But, it always remains super soothing. Usually after having some on for a couple hours I will see a decrease in redness. I will even put concealer over the dry patches for keeping my zits dry throughout the day. 100% would recommend for acne and especially cystic acne and oily problem areas.
Hey 👋🏽 guys so I just wanted to know if you have any other recommendations for an acne cream because as you can see I wasn’t really a fan of this one. Here are some reasons why : ￼I’m really not a fan of the texture. It’s really hard to spread onto the face and it dries instantly. (I know that people like me who have combination skin more to the oilier side should like this but nah 😂) ￼When I first tried it my skin went crazy dry ! My skin had never peeled like that before and let’s just say it was kind of scary 😅. And sometimes I felt like it irritated my skin. ￼Every time I applied it to my face the cream peeled so it was very annoying to use. Even though I didn’t put anything before it. So you have to quickly but carefully apply it to your face. (Most of the times I just patted in.) So yeah basically not a fan. If you have anything to recommend please let me know and you can also check out my other post which is kind of related to this. Benzagel - Acne Gel 5% Thank you so much ❤️
Benzagel-Acne Gel 5%
Apple cider vinegar: 2 week check-in
I started my mornings with a cup of warm water, a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, and a splash of lemon juice. Jennifer Aniston says that this is the secret to aging gracefully and maintaining a healthy metabolism. ACV is also noted to help with bacterial and fungal acne, as well as brighten complexion. There are so many documented properties of the ACV cleanse (some researched and some a matter of opinion.) But here are the changes I saw: ￼￼￼less puffiness ￼￼￼improved skin brightness ￼￼￼better skin texture ￼￼￼more energy ￼￼￼my gut felt healthier *I did not see as much change in my acne as I’d hoped, but I was also on my period the past week, and consumed a more sugary diet :( I really want to continue this process to see what the longer term benefits provide for me and my body. Also it was so refreshing to replace my cup of morning coffee for a cup of ACV. I felt refreshed and healthy.. and the ACV didn’t hit my gut as hard as my acidic morning coffee usually does. If you plan on doing this yourself, I recommend keeping the ACV to water ratio low, and not consuming more than 2 tablespoons of ACV, as the acidity could burn your oesophagus. ACV has acetic acid, which neutralizes the PH of your gut. But you definitely want to water that stuff down. (Also it’s super gross straight up, so why torture yourself?) All in all, I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is looking for a homeopathic method of improving your overall skin health. Let me know if you end up trying this, and how it works for you!
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