Acids For Skin Care – The Best Hydroxy Acids AHA & BHA

Acids For Skin Care – The Best Hydroxy Acids AHA & BHA

Hydroxy acids are very common ingredients in our daily skin care products. These ingredients have several benefits. They help to reduce discolouration and hyper-pigmentation, treat acne and improve the appearance of fine lines. As well as giving the skin a healthy, radiant and youthful glow. There are two basic types: Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acids.

Alpha hydroxy acids

These are naturally occurring acids and are great for improving a variety of skin problems including uneven pigment, rough texture and fine lines. The most common alpha hydroxy acids are:
  • Glycolic acid derived from sugarcane
  • Lactic acid from milk
  • Malic acid from apples
  • Citric acid from citrus fruits
  • Tartaric acid from grapes
  • Phytic acid from grapes.
 
These acids are found in drugstore/over-the-counter everyday skincare products. And are also used by skincare professionals for treatments at higher concentrations. They work to improve the skin by loosening the bonds that hold dead cells on the surface of the skin. Thus revealing younger-looking skin with a fresher and more even skin tone.

Beta hydroxy acids

Beta hydroxy acids also have an exfoliating effect but they have an added anti-inflammatory effect. This bonus makes it better at alleviating the symptoms of disorders like acne and rosacea. Salicylic acid is the most common beta hydroxy acid. It is useful for improving signs of sun damage like discolouration and rough texture. And is especially effective for treating acne (White heads and Black heads).

Salicylic Acid

A member of the aspirin family, salicylic acid is fat-soluble, which means it can penetrate the pores to break up clogs that lead to breakouts. Salicylic acid is found commonly in over-the-counter skincare products. However, it is also used for in-office peels by dermatologists. Salicylic acid is a prominent ingredient used in skincare products aimed at acne prone skin or oily skin types. Because it can penetrate oily skin and unclog pores.

Product Recommendation: SK II Clear Treatment Lotion

Hyaluronic Acid

The skincare industry refers to Hyaluronic acid as the “key to the fountain of youth.” This substance, also known as a glycosaminoglycan, is naturally present in the skin. However, as we age the proportion decreases which means a loss of hydration and moisture. Leading to the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Hyaluronic Acid holds up to 1,000 times its own weight in water and retains it within the ‘reticular layer’ of the dermis. Giving it the power to lock hydration within the skin. Hyaluronic acid is the new primary ingredient for anti-ageing creams, serums and masks. It is very effective in keeping the skin hydrated, supple and youthful.

Product Recommendation: REN Skincare Evercalm Anti-Redness Serum

Glycolic Acid

When used properly on the skin this AHA can yield remarkable results. It has the smallest molecules in the group allowing it to penetrate deeply and easily. Glycolic acid works as an exfoliant, if you want to read more on exfoliating click here. Because it is highly acidic but also highly soluble, it penetrates the damaged areas of the skin and essentially abrades the top layer of skin. This results in smoother skin that is also more youthful looking. Glycolic acid exfoliation is fast becoming the preferred form of exfoliation. It is a chemical exfoliant which is mild and gentle instead of an abrasive physical exfoliation.

Recommended Products: Clarins Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner

Kojic Acid

Kojic acid is a naturally occurring substance that is found in fungi, such as mushrooms and in rice malting. This acid has anti-fungal and antibacterial properties. It hinders the production of melanin by inhibiting tyrosinase enzymes. It especially targets melanin caused by UVB radiation. Therefore kojic acid products are used to lighten and fade several types of hyperpigmentation like acne spots, age spots, freckles, dark circles under the eyes and dark spots. Unlike many main ingredients used in topical treatments designed to lighten the skin, kojic acid is much safer.

Product Recommendation: Mario Badescu Whitening Mask

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92 Comments

  1. Janelle
    March 7, 2018 / 4:39 pm

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      Author
      March 9, 2018 / 2:07 pm

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  2. Thayara Nascimento
    March 15, 2018 / 12:27 am

    What you recommend to me to buy it ?
    Glycolic acid derived from sugarcane
    Lactic acid from milk
    Malic acid from apples
    Citric acid from citrus fruits
    Tartaric acid from grapes
    Phytic acid from grapes.

    I’m so excited with each one but I just can afford for one which one you recommend the most ?

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    March 22, 2018 / 3:26 am

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    March 22, 2018 / 5:02 am

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    March 22, 2018 / 12:26 pm

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  15. VICTOR
    March 22, 2018 / 5:29 pm

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    March 22, 2018 / 5:44 pm

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  17. March 22, 2018 / 8:56 pm

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    March 22, 2018 / 9:17 pm

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  19. maryam bakari dangoggo
    March 23, 2018 / 12:45 am

    Is there an alternative to using acid?

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    March 23, 2018 / 2:17 am

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  21. Judy Thomas
    March 23, 2018 / 9:07 am

    I did not realise that the acids came from fruit! Thanks for all the info, very interesting and helpful.

  22. Cindy Dolan
    March 23, 2018 / 9:34 am

    thanks for sharing your knowledge

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    March 23, 2018 / 12:07 pm

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  24. Lawrence Cwiok
    March 23, 2018 / 12:55 pm

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    March 23, 2018 / 2:44 pm

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  27. March 23, 2018 / 7:51 pm

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  29. SAIT MESUTCAN ILHANER
    March 24, 2018 / 7:40 am

    Great tips, thanks!

  30. Judy Thomas
    March 24, 2018 / 8:56 am

    I have tried a skin cream with grape acids and it really left my skin soi soft and silky.I loved it.

  31. cleo
    March 24, 2018 / 12:25 pm

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  32. Lawrence Cwiok
    March 24, 2018 / 12:33 pm

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  33. Meghan Richards
    March 24, 2018 / 1:17 pm

    Oh my goodness! So much great information, I never knew any of this, on to look for a nice natural exfoliator with sugar cane!

  34. VICTOR
    March 24, 2018 / 2:33 pm

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  35. March 24, 2018 / 7:39 pm

    thanks

  36. Cindy Dolan
    March 24, 2018 / 8:27 pm

    Thank you so much for showing me

  37. Benjamin Jones
    March 25, 2018 / 12:03 am

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  38. Thayara Nascimento
    March 25, 2018 / 12:36 am

    After used properly on the skin this AHA i’m Having a remarkable results 🙌🙌

  39. Carrie Conley
    March 25, 2018 / 1:22 am

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  40. March 25, 2018 / 3:02 am

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  41. Melissa Black
    March 25, 2018 / 7:47 am

    i have heard nothing but good things about Kojic acid

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    March 25, 2018 / 10:09 am

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  44. Lawrence Cwiok
    March 25, 2018 / 12:34 pm

    TYVM!

  45. Athena
    March 25, 2018 / 2:54 pm

    Are there different ideal ways to apply the different acids?? Hands vs brush or pad? Just curious!

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    March 25, 2018 / 5:44 pm

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    March 25, 2018 / 11:08 pm

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    March 25, 2018 / 11:23 pm

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  53. Judy Thomas
    March 26, 2018 / 5:05 am

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    March 26, 2018 / 12:58 pm

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    • Aisha B
      Author
      March 26, 2018 / 5:43 pm

      Thanks for stopping by…

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    • Aisha B
      Author
      March 26, 2018 / 5:42 pm

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  58. James MacEwen
    March 26, 2018 / 3:39 pm

    That is a cool idea to use micellar water to remove stains . Thanks for the very practical advice!

    • Aisha B
      Author
      March 26, 2018 / 5:43 pm

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    March 26, 2018 / 6:55 pm

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    March 26, 2018 / 9:00 pm

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    March 27, 2018 / 5:14 am

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    March 27, 2018 / 3:07 pm

    I need to try any of the sensitive skin ones!

  73. John Sukowaty
    March 27, 2018 / 5:49 pm

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