Get to know your acids
What exactly are AHAs and BHAs?
Alpha-Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) are a group of plant and animal-derived acids used in a variety of skincare products, including anti-aging products, like serums, or concentrated treatments such as chemical peels.
Beta-Hydroxy Acids (BHAs) are organic compounds which, in skincare, penetrate the skin and unclog pores, which can help those with oily skin prone to breakouts.
The biggest difference between AHAs and BHAs is their lipid (oil) solubility. AHAs are water soluble and BHAs are oil soluble.
AHAs and BHAs both act as exfoliants, but BHAs are able to penetrate deeper into the skin and pores, and help trigger the exfoliation process of the dead skin cells that build up inside the pores and often cause acne.
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