bha acid

What are the main acids in skin care? 

 Today we are going to focus on BHA Acid but want you to also understand that the main acids in skin care which include alpha hydroxy acids (AHA), beta hydroxy acids (BHA), salicylic acid, lactic acid, Lypo- Hydroxy- Acid (LHA) and L-ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C). 

Before we begin, let us learn about what are acids in skin care and where you can find them.

Acids can be listed in all types of skin care products such as toners, serums, cleansers, scrubs, masks, and at home peels. Acids are used to brighten your skin, exfoliate your skin, unclog pores, and improve your skin texture. There are many types of skin care acids, and they are used on your skin in different ways. 

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BHA Acid also known as Beta Hydroxy Acids

Beta Hydroxy Acids are also chemical exfoliants and are oil soluble. BHAs are different from AHAs as they are able to go deeper into your pores to not only remove buildup, but also dry out excess oil otherwise known as sebum. BHAs do this by binding to your skin’s natural oils (sebum) to remove the excess sebum as well as remove the dead layers of cells that appear on the surface of your skin. This type of acid is really helpful for those with acne prone skin. Think of BHAs as useful for sun damage, acne, and rosacea. 

Common type of BHA Acid

Salicylic Acid – Salicylic Acid is a BHA acid. If you have acne, then you have probably heard the name as it is a popular ingredient to help with acneic skin. Due to the properties of it being antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, it lessens bacteria growth while unclogging pores. It’s especially helpful because it doesn’t exacerbate your already inflamed skin. 

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