The Benefits of AHAs and BHAs
Many of the ingredients found in the Secrets of the Desert oil are rich in alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta-hydroxy acids (BHAs), but what is so special about these ingredients and where have I seen then before in the products I use?
You may have had skins conditions as a teenager and taken anti-acne creams or lotions where AHA’s and BHA’s are commonly used. Even now, you may use skin creams for rosacea or to unlock skin pores. Your usage of these acids is to treat the skin condition in the fastest way you can to exfoliate, sloughing off dead skin, and reducing inflammation.
Since AHAs and BHAs are often used interchangeably, let's explore the key differences.
AHAs are water soluble, meaning they can only penetrate the top layer of skin and are plant-based. This makes them ideal for resurfacing, hyper-pigmentation issues and exfoliating, but less effective at targeting deep-seated problems like blackheads and congestion. They are effective at stimulating collagen, an important aspect of healthy skin and reducing fine lines. AHAs offer a more aggressive form of exfoliation that can be very effective against sun-damaged skin and improve the effects of aging.
Some of the more common names in the AHA world are Glycolic, Lactic, Tartaric and Citric, all part of the same family of acids and you will see them in a variety of mixtures and serums here.
In comparison, BHAs, which are oil-soluble, offer a gentler exfoliation while also increasing the skin’s resistance to ultraviolet skin damage (which contributes to the signs of aging). Most common BHA is Salicylic acid and is used to fight bacteria and even calluses thus making them beneficial for treating and preventing acne. By being oil-soluble, it means they can penetrate deeper into the skin, making them more effective at unclogging pores and reducing inflammation.
Combining these two acids in the same product or serum is your key to glowing and getting the best possible skin results. If you want to improve your vitality and glow , you will want to use AHAs and BHAs together as these acids both work as exfoliates for effective resurfacing of the skin.