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Skincare: The Difference between AHAs and BHA

Posted Aug 24 2008 9:02pm

As a rule of thumb, AHA's (which are glycolic acid, lactic acid, malic acid, citric acid, and tartaric acid) are for aging, sun damaged skin. BHA or Saylicylic Acid is better for blemish prone, oily or combinaton skin.

Cleansers that contain AHA's or BHA are generally not ideal because they are quickly washed off the skin and the skin needs to be able to absorb these acids to be effective. The best form of AHA's or BHA's would be in the form of a moisturizer, treatment, or a masque/peel where it is allowed to penetrate the skin.

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