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Everything you need to know about chemical exfoliants


Before taking your next AHA, BHA or PHA serum, you need to make sure you use the right one for your skin type and needs.

Because the last thing any of us needs right now is that our skin starts to flare up and become irritated by a bad reaction to a new product. Fortunately, everything you need to know about chemical exfoliants is here. . .

What are the most common types of chemical exfoliators?

Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) and poly hydroxy acids (PHAs) are the most popular of exfoliants.

Alpha hydroxy acids contain glycolic, lactic and mandelic acid. Beta hydroxy acid is synonymous with salicylic acid.

Although AHAs and BHAs are both hydroxy acids, they differ in composition and mechanism of action.

Alpha hydroxy acids are water-soluble substances that function chemically instead of a physical exfoliant, such as a scrub. Allows skin to get rid of dead cells and increase penetration of products

Beta hydroxy acids dissolve in the lipid and penetrate the skin through the sebaceous glands. It tends to be preferred in skin conditions like acne.

Is it a good idea to mix chemical exfoliates?

Mixing acids can make some treatments more effective. Since each exfoliant interacts with the skin in slightly different ways and provides slightly different benefits, exfoliants may be the choice of those who want to achieve multiple benefits with a treatment. However, you should avoid doing this on your own.


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