Alpha Hydroxy Acids vs. Beta Hydroxy Acids

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Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) are considered superficial chemical peels. And though both peels can take care of many of the same skin problems, there are actually differences between the two. Visit:


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AHA vs. BHA:

AHA vs. BHA These two acid families are considered superficial peels because they only penetrate the outer layer of the skin or the epidermis. They also can treat the same types of skin issues and imperfections such as sun damage, acne scars, smoothing out rough skin and helping the skin appear more youthful, unclog pores and help fight sun damage.

Main Differences:

Main Differences Alpha Hydroxy Acids are water soluble while BHAs are oil or lipid soluble. Even though both AHA and BHA only penetrate the outermost layer of the skin (epidermis), because BHAs are lipid soluble, they are able to penetrate deeper into the epidermis. BHA has only one acid and that is salicylic acid, while AHA's have several different types, which include: glycolic, lactic, tartaric, malic and citric acids (fruit acids). While both AHA and BHA are used to treat some of the same skin conditions and imperfections, BHA works better for people with sensitive skin and people of color.

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