In our last blog post, we went over AHAs aka alpha hydroxy acids. We discussed the different kinds of AHAs, how to use them, how they work and what we can offer related to them. Now let's talk a little about BHAs and all the glory they bring to the table.
BHAs stand for Beta Hydroxy Acids. Remember how there are several kinds of AHAs (glycolic, lactic, mandelic etc)? Well, BHAs are almost always referred to as Salicylic Acid. To a point where the two words are almost interchangeable. Just because it's not an alpha doesn't mean that its something to ignore. In fact the main difference between the two is that a BHA is oil soluble which is why its often recommended for people with oily and acne prone skin. These bad boys penetrate your pores, which basically make them the right kind of acids to ninja the crap out of your blackheads, acne and whiteheads. They cut out all the gunk underneath your skin by bringing them to the surface.
Something interesting we recently discovered is that Aspirin is a derivative of Salicylic acid and one of the key properties of Aspirin is that its anti-inflammatory. This property makes Salicylic acid a great ingredient for calming and relieving your skin. Dry skin types beware however! Salicylic acid isn't a humectant at all so it can't help retain moisture. On the contrary, it will dry out your skin so its definitely a more attractive solution for oilier skin types. Once you clear out the gunk with this baby, your skin is like a clear canvas and is so much more ready to absorb all the goodness you want to apply.
Just like AHAs, you want to apply your BHA exfoliant right after cleansing. This way, it doesn't have to penetrate any other product - just your pores and the steps following the BHA should mostly be hydrating. If you use Vitamin C, we would recommend not using your BHA product and your Vitamin C in the same routine. We have a few products that we adore containing this super ingredient. Check them out!
BHAs don't just have to go on your face! They're popular for items to help exfoliate your scalp and your feet too! Here are some popular picks:
How do you feel about BHAs? Let us know in the comments section below!
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