AHAs and BHAs both are basically chemical exfoliants. However, not only do they exfoliate your skin, they also can fade dark spots and minimize wrinkles. Typically, they need to be present in a certain percent before they become more potent. Using a product with AHAs or BHAs is a great way to improve your skin at home. Depending on the concentration, a related product may remove dead skin cells from the surface of the skin, or it may remove the whole outermost layer.
Let's dive into what AHAs are and what they actually do? AHAs are Alpha Hydroxy Acids found in fruits, sugar cane and sour milk that gently exfoliate and help increase cell turnover. AHAs help to loosen the top layer of dead skin cells which removes any excess buildup on the surface of your skin. They also help to reduce wrinkles, sunspots and any discolorations! Regular exfoliation is key, and AHAs are a great way to do that. Our Green Caviar and Champagne Essence Skin Conditioner contains AHAs. We definitely recommend that you give it a try.
What are BHAs and what do they do? BHAs are Beta Hydroxy Acids found in willow bark and sweet birch. While AHAs are water-soluble, BHAs are oil-soluble meaning they can get deep inside your pores to unclog any excess oil that has built-up over time. They are also anti-inflammatory! BHAs are GREAT for acne-prone skin. If you’re familiar with salicylic acid, you’ll know it’s a popular ingredient in skincare products that treat acne. Typically, BHAs are used to treat oily skin to keep your pores clean and bacteria free.
Salicylic acid is found is many acne-fighting products being that it is gentle on the skin, while still effective at unclogging and cleaning out your pores.
Beta Hydroxy Acids can penetrate through oil and hair follicles to get deep into your pores and clean that ish out.
And like AHAs, they too dissolve the bonds that hold dead skin cells together to help us reveal the brighter, more youthful skin that lies underneath.
Let’s Break it Down
There are seven different types of AHAs that you might find in your favorite skincare products:
Citric acid (from citrus fruits)
Glycolic acid (from sugar cane)
Lactic acid (from lactose or other carbohydrates)
Malic acid (from fruits)
Hydroxy caproic acid (from royal jelly)
Hydroxy caprylic acid (from animals)
Tartaric acid (from grapes)
Glycolic acid and Lactic acid are BY FAR the most popular of the bunch being that they are the gentlest on the skin. Glycolic acid is made up of smaller molecules than Lactic acid, meaning it can penetrate the surface of the skin better. However, Lactic acid is less irritating and is better for those with sensitive skin types.
Can and Should You Use Them Together?
AHAs and BHAs can each be used to achieve different skin care goals.
Use AHAs when you’re looking to even your skin tone and reduce wrinkles.
Use BHAs when you’re looking to unclog pores and tackle those pesky acne breakouts.
Can you use AHAs and BHAs together?
AHAs and BHAs usually go hand in hand, but as you can see - they are not the same. Again, AHAs are glycolic or lactic acids and are water-soluble, which BHAs are salicylic acid and are oil-soluble. Together, they create a supercharged product that helps speed up cell turnover and helps maintain a softer, smoother skin texture. . Before using a product with AHAs/BHAs, be sure to check the percentage of concentration.