Why every anti-aging skin care routine needs acid?
Anti-aging skin care can be found in creams, serums, and boosters and more often than not we overlook the benefits of a simple acid peel that gives us that fresh radiant complexion that we dream on!
There is only one BHA – beta hydroxy acid – more commonly known as salicylic acid. Because it is oil-soluble it can penetrate beneath the skin’s surface, cleaning out excess sebum from the pores and reducing oiliness. Basically, if you have blemish-prone skin and you aren’t already using BHA, you’d better start now.
Throughout the last decade, alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) have increasingly appeared as ingredients in cosmetics intended to reduce the signs of aging in the skin. More recently, beta hydroxy acids (BHAs), or a combination of AHAs and BHAs, have appeared as ingredients in these skin care products. While both AHAs and BHAs act as exfoliants, it has been claimed that BHAs are effective in reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and improving overall skin texture, without the occasional irritation associated with the use of AHAs.
BHA ingredients may be listed as –
- salicylic acid (or related substances, such as salicylate, sodium salicylate, and willow extract)*
- beta hydroxybutanoic acid
- tropic acid
- trethocanic acid
Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA’s) – is a naturally occurring ingredient, that offers many benefits to the skin, from rejuvenating to collagen boosting. Derived from plants such as sugar cane its botanical properties help to treat many skin conditions including acne, melasma
Different Types Of Acids:
- Glycolic Acid: The smallest acid that is capable of penetrating the skin and is good for cellular turnover and smoothing the complexion.
- L + Lactic Acid: Is an excellent antimicrobial that reduces pigmentation, breaks down sebum and debris to clear clogged pores.
- Beta-hydroxy Acids, or BHAs: Which you probably best know as Salicylic Acid is especially helpful because it breaks down the keratin that blocks pores and causes bumpy skin and acne lesions. Particularly useful in treating all forms of acne.
- Polyhydroxy Acids, or PHAs: Found in Gluconolactone are the perfect acid for sensitive skin, PHAs are a more gentle form of AHAs with large molecules they can’t penetrate as deeply into the skin, so exfoliation is more gentle. PHAs are also humectants that can retain moisture. They also strengthen the skin’s barrier function which is especially helpful for rosacea and eczema.
Clogged pores are the result of dead skin cells getting trapped in your skin instead of being shed into the environment.
You can tell if your pores are clogged if you notice whiteheads, blackheads, or an overall dullness to your skin’s complexion.
Environmental factors also contribute to clogged pores. These factors include:
- toxins in the air
- noncomedogenic makeup
- oil from your hands transferred when you’re touching your face