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 the same benefits, they two are very different. If you are looking for something has can deal with aging problems, then very likely you will have to come across AHA. However, if you want to find something to clear blemishes and improve skin texture, then BHA will be your very good friend.
Now that you have learned the nature of BHA, let’s dig deep into all the benefits of this amazing skincare ingredient!
- Treating blackheads and whiteheads
Blackheads and whiteheads are another annoying skin concern, but don’t you worry, BHA is excellent for treating whiteheads, as well as blackheads, which is caused by excessive oil and sebum production and dead skin cells clogging up the pores. BHA can regulate the oil-producing glands and decrease the amount of oil being produced, also it dissolves the dead skin cells and unclogs the pores, this can regulate skin cells, which can clear up the blackheads and whiteheads and keep our skin looking flawless
- Anti-inflammatory and antibacterial
BHA is also antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, it can help to clear up red and inflamed pimples and acne, it can also calm down redness.
BHA can give the skin supreme exfoliation and keep the skin fresh and youthful. BHA can penetrate deep into the skin and breaks down the linkage between skin cells, this loosens the skin cells and promote exfoliation. By exfoliating, the skin renewal rate will increase and allow the skin to feel soft and fresh. It also contributes to clearing up blackheads and whiteheads, as exfoliating helps to loosen and break down skin cells and prevents them from sticking together to clog the pores.
Be mindful that BHA can be a little harsh for sensitive skin types, if you have oily skin, using BHA daily may work fine, as BHA is ideal for oily skin types to begin with. However, if you have sensitive skin, using BHA daily might give you irritations and redness, therefore, it is best to test BHA on your skin first and see how your skin tolerates it. We recommend using BHA product once per week first, starting with the lowest concentration, and then increasing the concentration only if your skin gets used to the acidity.