First things first, let’s run through these acronyms of skincare acids to better understand them shall we? The world of acids for skin care can be divided into three categories:
If you’re using a skincare acid, it will most likely fall into one of the three categories listed above. For this article, we will be focusing on AHAs and BHAs.
When thinking about putting acids on your skin, it may sound a little terrifying at first. However, you don’t have to be a dermatologist to find the right acid for your skin. Below we will go into further detail about AHAs and BHAs so that you can feel confident about incorporating acids into your skincare routine.
You may not realize it, but AHAs are already in some of your skincare products. Known as chemical exfoliators, AHAs are a very helpful for those with oily or blemish-prone skin. When AHA is used on a regular basis, it can help the appearance of the skin significantly.
Within the AHA category you will find the two heavy hitters, Glycolic Acid and Lactic Acid. These acids are found in creams, serums, cleansers and toners. With these, it is important to remember the smaller the percentage, the less potent the formula is.
Actually there’s a lot. Like siblings, each one has its own job even though they are part of the same family. Continue reading below about their differences and how they work at their skincare jobs.
Used in lightening or whitening treatments as well as in anti-ageing products, Glycolic Acid does three pretty amazing things to the skin such as:
This skin skin-identical ingredient is one of the main substances of the epidermis’ Natural Moisturising Factor, also called NMF. Lactic acid is used to prevent skin dryness. It has a unique ability to enhance ceramide production by way of cells that produce keratin (keratinocytes).
Some of the best skincare products are based on L-Lactic acid and not D-Lactic Acid. This is important to note when researching your skincare. It’s popular for the following:
Depending on your priorities regarding your skincare, the above will help you to choose which one you choose to incorporate. It is important to note that Glycolic acid can irritate the skin if not gradually introduced into your routine. Be sure to err on the side of caution before purchasing a product with a high percentage of Glycolic acid.
As for Lactic Acid, its great feature is that it’s perfect for those with sensitive sensitive skin. Also, it does not increase the skin’s sensitivity as much as other acids.
If you find yourself unsure how your skin will react, start with a cleanser and a cream or concentrate (these usually have low percentages). These will help you to see if your skin will handle the application.
AHA can solve multiple skin issues including the following:
The acids essentially eat away at the dead skin cells on the epidermal level, hence the slight tingling tingling sensation that is felt after application.
The purpose of BHAs is to loosen the bond of dead skin cells on the face through gentle exfoliation. BHAs are lipid-soluble, working on the skin’s epidermis as well as deep within the pores. These acids are better for normal to oily skin that are prone to the following:
BHAs have skin calming properties which make them great for those with sensitive. It can also be helpful to those with redness issues like Rosacea.
Once only available through professionals, AHAs and BHAs are now a part of an array of skincare products. Using acids on the skin should be done so carefully and with research prior to application.
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