The cure for flawless skin? Acids! AHAs & BHAs land in your beauty routine to beautify you!
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Created in 1992, the AHAalso called peeling agents, or fruit acids or alpha hydroxy acids, and BHAs, also called Beta Hydroxy Acid are acids present in cosmetics. There is also a third category of acids: AHPdiscovered more recently.
AHAs and BHAs are complementary and by acting both on the surface of the skin (AHA) (eliminating dead cells and therefore providing a visibly radiant complexion), but also inside the pores (BHA), they will allow to clean them (avoid blackheads and inflammations, therefore pimples). They allow the skin to maintain good hydration but also stimulate the production of collagen. They are very good anti-acne, anti-aging, anti-redness and are very effective in tightening the pores of the skin, refining the grain, removing brown spots and small acne scars.
AHAs will rather act on the surface of the skin : they are very good scrubs and are Keratolytics and therefore avoids, for example, microcysts. They go remove dead cells in order to giveradiance to the complexion and will bring an acceleration of skin renewal. They also bring hydration to the skin. They are suitable to dry skin, with spots, acne scars, fine lines, etc
BHAsthey will act more deep in the skin and will allow free the pore of its impurities. It is an ideal treatment for fight against blackheads. It therefore meets the needs of combination to oily skin, with imperfections, acne, but its soothing and anti-inflammatory properties also make it a perfect acid for reactive skin, with redness (rosacea).
These acids require reasoned and appropriate use to avoid burning and damaging the skin. You will have to choose progressive dosages and not to exceed 20% without a dermatologist’s recommendation. Skin that has never used acids will need to take the usual precautions and start gently: use a low concentration at first, and only use the product every other day to test.
The different types of acids
IThere are sub-categories in the AHA-BHA, here are the details:
It’s simpler, there’s only one:
There are also the AHP or Poly Hydroxy Acids, more recent, they are milder than AHAs and BHAs, and act more on the surface. They are more suitable for summer compared to the previous 2. it has 3 acids in its family:
My own products
As stated above, take it step by step if you haven’t tested acids before. I share my own products with you, knowing that they are suitable for already prepared skin and therefore I do not recommend them to “novices” at first. As mentioned in my BEAUTY KITI use the Neostrata lotion dosed at 15% in AHA. It’s a big bottle so I might as well say that the investment is worth it, I think that in 6 months I’ll still have a lot of it! To do a complete treatment I add BHA (salicylic acid) that I buy on Aromazone. For BHA to be used as an active ingredient, it must constitute 5 to 10% of the mixture, knowing that 20 drops of salicylic acid = 1ml. You can add it to your aloe vera gel for example. What I do is I use a small 10ml jar, I fill with my cream Neostrata, so I add 20 drops of salicylic acid to make 10%. I use this mixture every morning.
For “novices” use 5% AHA and 5% BHA at first, so adapt the dosages well. To help you, I summarize: 1ml of AHA = 27 drops: 1ml of BHA: 20 drops. You will also find the AHA on aromazone.
In the evening, however, I apply retinol, another great ingredient, but I’ll talk about that in another article!
You will have understood, I am convinced by the acids! And if you follow me on Instagram, you know that I tested a lot of things for my skin. Despite a contraceptive that promotes acne, the use of creams containing AHA and BHA allows me to really reduce blemishes. My pores have tightened considerably (drink 1.5L of water well for crazy effects!) and my skin texture is finer. But again, you have to be patient and progressive!