Don’t let the word Acid scare you away! All acids are not bad. They all won’t burn holes in you or on your bathroom counter! Beta Hydroxy Acid is a multitasking standout among skincare ingredients for your skin.
In fact, BHA’s real ingredient name is Salicylic Acid. Salicylic Acid is a derivative of aspirin. Being related to aspirin is a good thing for Salicylic Acid because instead pf burning holes in you, it retains some of aspirin’s properties, and acts as an anti-inflammatory . It also acts as an antimicrobial, killing the bacteria that promote acne.and it has anti-aging benefits.
Answer these three questions to see if you are a candidate for a product containing BHA:
- Do you have red marks, sun damage, signs of aging or dry patches?
- So you have sensitive concerns like rosacea?
- Are you getting enlarged pores, blackheads and acne breakouts?
If you answer yes to any of these question, a BHA exoliant may be the treatment your skin needs.
We don’t have to choose between healthier looking skin, and younger looking skin anymore. BHA exfoliants reduce discolorations, uneven skin tone and improve the signs of aging. as well as treat clogged pores, blackheads and breakouts. BHA is able to penetrate, not only the surface of the skin, but deep into the skin ,and reach inside of the pores!
Not everyone with skin sensitivities are able to use an exfoliant. This is when BHA exfoliants should be considered, especially if you have skin disorders such as rosacea, because they have anti-redness and anti-inflammatory benefits. Topically, BHA speeds healing, treats inflammation and redness.
For fewer blackheads, blemishes and a reduction of enlarged pores BHA is able to penetrate the skin and exfoliate the oil and other substances that clog pores, which makes for a better pore lining, and helps kill the bacteria that causes acne breakouts.
If you only have issues with the surface of the skin, my article When to use an AHA product describes why AHAs are perfect for surface-level skin concerns. BHA multitasks by getting the dead surface cells, and penetrating to get deep inside the pores. Exfoliating with BHA can improve collagen production, increase skin’s ability to hold moisture, and allow pores to function normally.
Apply products containing BHA products on clean skin.
Then you can apply any product, serums, moisturizers, and sunscreens immediately afterwards.
Look for products that contain 2% BHA exfoliant.
Even though a scrub may be a good option for extra-cleansing, a scrub cannot replace a well-formulated BHA exfoliant that you leave on your skin for anti-aging benefits, unclogging pores, and for fading discolorations!
If you use BHA exfoliants, please comment below and tell me why you like them! We love hearing what you have to say, we can all learn something together!
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