Thanks to their unique chemical properties, AHAs and BHAs are an ideal way to elevate your skincare regime. Read on to discover thedifference between AHA and BHA, what they do for the skin, and how to use them for optimal results.

What Is AHA and BHA?

Acids are used as chemical exfoliants in skincare to decongest pores, improve skin texture, and even tone. The two main categories of acids used in skincare are alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs). 

AHA vs BHA: What Is The Difference Between Them?

Due to their difference in chemical properties and solubility, AHAs and BHAs work in different ways to target specific skin types and concerns.  

What Do AHAs Do?

Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) are water-soluble acids derived from organic sugars that help to smooth the skin, reduce the appearance of pigmentation, and improve overall texture and tone.  

The two most frequently used AHAs in skincare are glycolic and lactic acid. These superficial exfoliations target the top layer of the skin. They dissolve the bonds that glue dead skin cells together, increasing cell turnover and alleviating the look and feel of dull, lackluster skin.  

Due to their hydrophilic nature, AHAs attract water molecules and increase the moisture content of the skin for a more radiant, hydrated complexion. This makes AHAs ideal for sun-damaged, dry, or ageing skin.  

Expert Tip: AHAs can leave the skin more sensitive to sun damage. Avoid sun exposure after use and always apply SPF 

What Does BHA Do?

Beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) are smaller acids derived from willow tree bark that work on the skin’s surface and within. Unlike AHAs, BHAs are oil-soluble, meaning they can penetrate deeper into the epidermis and unclog blemish-causing pores.

The most common BHA found in skincare is salicylic acid. This chemical exfoliant dissolves accumulated oil and bacteria, increases cell renewal, and removes dead skin cells to prevent future breakouts. It also has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, making it ideal for blemish-prone and oily skin.

How To Use AHAs And BHAs

Can You Use AHAs And BHAs Together?

Although you don’t need to use both AHAs and BHAs in your skincare ritual, it can be beneficial to use them together as they offer different benefits for the skin. Skincare products often combine the two acids to effectively decongest and exfoliate the skin.  

Expert Tip: If the skin has increased sensitivity or redness, alternate BHA and AHA products and build up frequency of use.  

How To Use AHAs And BHAs

From lactic acid peels to salicylic acid masks, there are several ways to incorporateAHAs and BHAsinto your skincare regime.Discover Omorovicza’s best acid-based skincare products for a smoother, clearer, more radiant-looking complexion. 

Omorovicza Omorovicza

AHA And BHA Toner

Combining a potent blend of AHAs and BHAs, Acid Solution clarifies, brightens, and revives dull complexions.

Glycolic and lactic acid gently exfoliate and promote skin renewal, while salicylic acid helps to reduce pigmentation and even tone. This innovative toner leaves the skin hydrated, comforted, and glowing.

How to use:
After cleansing, pour a few drops into the palm of your hand or onto a cotton pad. Pat over the face and neck and allow a few minutes to absorb. Suitable for daily use.

Buy Now

AHA And BHA Treatment

Omorovicza’s Acid Fix blends AHAs with salicylic acid to help exfoliate, resurface, and plump lacklustre skin.  

Glycolic and lactic acid help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, revealing a younger and more evenly toned complexion.  

How to use: Apply two to three drops after cleansing as part of your evening skincare ritual. Slight irritation may occur and indicates the product is working. You may prefer to begin using once a week and increase use over time.  

Buy Now
Omorovicza Omorovicza
Omorovicza Omorovicza

AHA Peel

The foaming, two-phase Copper Peel helps to smooth, polish the complexion, and minimize the appearance of enlarged pores. Combining a blue copper paste and a lactic acid activator, this peel detoxifies the skin and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  

How to use: First apply the copper paste to the face, avoiding the eyes and lips. Then, apply the activator over the paste and massage in circular motions for two minutes to form a white lather. Rinse thoroughly after use. 

Buy Now

BHA Mask

Reveal a radiant glow with Omorovicza’s Midnight Radiance Mask.  

Enriched with salicylic acid and sand lily extract, this overnight face mask helps to reduce the appearance of dark spots and discoloration for an even, bright, and smooth complexion.  

How to use: For best results, apply this cool gel in the evening after cleansing and toning and leave on the skin overnight.  

Buy Now
Omorovicza Omorovicza
Omorovicza Omorovicza

AHA And BHA Mask

Known for its anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, and anti-inflammatory properties, Silver Skin Saviour is the perfect topical treatment to combat blemishes and breakouts. Harnessing the power of colloidal silver, niacinamide, AHAs, and BHA, this face mask reveals an even, brighter and more refined skin tone. Salicylic acid penetrates deep into the skin and decongests the pores for a clearer, healthier complexion.  

How to use: Apply a generous amount of this to the face and neck, avoiding the eye area. Leave on for five minutes, increasing to 10-15 minutes with subsequent use (depending on skin sensitivity). Remove with a damp cleansing mitt

Buy Now
Share article
227 days ago By OmoroviczaCategory: Expert Advice

Featured Products

To discover more ways to use AHAs and BHAs in your skincare ritual, shop Omorovicza online.