An overview of exfoliating acids and the Aha+Bha+Pha Serum.
Though many of you are already aware of the different kinds of acids used in skincare products, there are a few among us who are not entirely sure of how to use them. Here I will attempt to give you a quick overview of those included in the Aha+Bha+Pha Serum.
The key ingredients in this serum are alpha hydroxy acids (lactic acid, glycolic acid and tartaric acid), a beta hydroxy acid (salicylic acid) and a polyhydroxy acid (gluconolactone).
Alpha hydroxy acids are the most commonly used chemical exfoliants in skincare. There are several different AHAs, including glycolic, lactic, malic, mandelic, tartaric and citric acids. Chemical exfoliants help shed the outermost layer of skin cells. These are preferred over physical exfoliants, which can be harsh. Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) help improve the appearance of spots, scars and lines while lending a glow to the complexion. However, it is to be noted that these ingredients can also cause irritation and stinging depending on the strength of the product, sensitivity of the skin and developed tolerance to AHAs. This is why we recommend that you, 1) perform patch testing, 2) layer with an emollient moisturizer, and 3) start by using a smaller amount of product for a smaller duration of time.