BHA, salicylic acid - a term that is all too familiar these days! If one of these active ingredients is on the label of your skincare product, you have long since declared war on impurities. But, are BHA and salicylic acid the same? What effects does it have on the skin and should I be using it?
BHA / Salicylic Acid - Differences & Effects
Quite simply put: there is no difference between the two. Salicylic acid is a type of BHA, long referred to as beta-hydroxy acid. The active ingredient is a chemical peel that is obtained from white willow (Salix alba). It is lipophilic and the particles of salicylic acid are relatively large, which is why it is particularly gentle on the skin. Dead skin cells are held together by fats and lipids that clog the pores which can lead to blemishes and acne. As salicylic acid breaks these bonds, cell renewal is promoted and the skin is rejuvenated. BHAs also act as an antibacterial agent as they penetrate deeply into the skin and remove excess sebum from the pores.
Salicylic Acid for the Perfect Glow
In our mid-twenties, the regeneration process of our skin, which is responsible for a fresh glow, begins to decelerate. This can cause the complexion to appear pale and more uneven.
The perfect time to call on a skincare hero: salicylic acid!
It gently activates the skin's ability to renew the cells to minimise fine lines, wrinkles and discolouration. The skin remains plump and fresh with a perfectly radiant glow!
In principle, BHA is suitable for all skin types. However, it is advisable not to use it on highly sensitive skin or when suffering from a skin illness. Blemished and oily skin types, in particular, that rely on salicylic acid enjoy great success.
Salicylic Acid vs. Fruit Acid
Should I use BHA or AHA? AHA stands for alpha hydroxy acid and belongs to the fruit acid family. It differs from salicylic acid in that it penetrates the skin even more. AHAs stimulate the collagen and elastin production of the skin and ensure a firmer-looking complexion.
BHA (Salicylic acid): Normal, impure, oily and sensitive skin types
AHA (Fruit acid): Normal, dry and mature skin types
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