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AHA vs BHA

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Elizabeth200
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.
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