Exfoliation (AHA, BHA & PHA) RSS



What is BHA?

BHA, these 3 letters stand for Beta-Hydroxyl Acid, although this sounds like a corrosive chemical substance that only exists in a scientist’s lab, BHA is a very good chemical exfoliant for the skin. It has a lot of beneficial effects on the skin, and it also comes in a variety of forms, like wash-off mask or cleanser, and also leave on serum and so on. But what is BHA, how exactly does BHA does good to the skin, and how does it benefit us?  First and foremost, unlike AHA, which is also a chemical exfoliant, BHA is suitable for oily skin and acne-prone skin due to its oil-soluble properties. Although AHA and BHA do sound similar and share some of...

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What is the difference between AHA, BHA, and PHA?

AHA, BHA, and PHA, these 3 ingredients do sound similar, but I assure you that they are very different from each other. While AHA and BHA are the OG chemical exfoliant that we have all heard of, PHA is newer in the market and have just hit the skincare shelves in recent years, all these ingredients are considered as exfoliating acid. The difference is that all 3 of them are targeted to different skin needs.  AHA: AHA, aka Alpha Hydroxyl Acid, are an acid group that includes a lot of different acids, from Lactic acid to Mandelic Acid. This specific group of acid is ideal to treat aging problems, like wrinkles and fine lines, uneven skin tone, hyperpigmentation, and dark...

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Importance of exfoliation

You sure have heard of the word, exfoliation, it is a very important and crucial step in our skincare routine. But what exactly is exfoliation? Why is it so important? And how does it benefit our skin?  Our skin sheds off dead skin cells that led on top of our epidermis every month, letting the new skin cells to form. However, if those dead skin cells don’t shed off and pile up on top of the epidermis, our skin will tend to look dull and dry, it might also result in clogged pores, and acnes. Exfoliation is a process that speed up the dead skin shedding process, and make sure the build-up of dead skin cells doesn’t happen. Furthermore, by...

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What is Lactobionic acid?

What is Lactobionic acid? Have you heard of Lactobionic acid before? It is a new form of acid that has just made its appearance on the shelves these recent years. This acid belongs to the PHA group, but works very similar to AHAs and BHA, however, it is way more gentle and less irritating. Here are some of the benefits of this acid you need to know: Less irritating: As a member of the PHA group, Lactobionic acid has a larger molecule size compared to other stronger exfoliating acid, like salicylic acid. This property of Lactobionic acid makes it tends to stay on the surface of the skin, instead of penetrating deeper layer of the skin which will be less...

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An introduction to PHA

There is a huge range of different exfoliating acids on the market these days, for example, AHAs and BHA, these acids are known to give you a smoother, brighter, and tighter complexion. However, AHAs and BHA can be a little strong for sensitive skin types and will cause irritations very easily. But on the brighter side, there is still a group of acids in the market that can achieve the same beneficial effects of AHAs and BHA, but also have much gentler side effects on your skin. That group of acids is called PHA.PHA, as known as Polyhydroxy Acid, is a type of chemical exfoliant that works like AHAs, and BHA, the main difference between PHAs and other chemical exfoliants,...

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