Clogged, enlarged pores, dry skin, the list goes on and on. You have so many reasons to pick up an exfoliator and go on a scrub spree right on your facial skin. Little do you know, there’s more skin scarring going on rather than smoothing or cleaning. What’s even worse is if you’re doing it on a daily basis. You’re exposed to more skin irritations than usual so here’s a breakdown of facial exfoliation for you.
So you’re contemplating between a scrub or cleansing brush. Either that or you’re already using either one of these. No matter what the promises of these gadgets and products are, try not to cave into them. If it’s too late and you already own them, reduce the usage frequency. Skin abrasions happen while using exfoliating products and gadgets. Though some may claim to have “micros” or “gentle”, use them sparingly.
Okay, now what? Well it’s time for you to discover the wonderful world of AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) and BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acid). You’ve probably heard of these somewhere, somehow but never really bothered to find out more about what they are and what they do. AHA’s and BHA’s are THE exfoliators you should be looking into.
AHA: Great for dry skin, mature and ageing skin, minimal clogged pores and non-oily skin types. Less penetrating than BHA which works just enough on the surface. Lighter but effective for its purpose to be used as a gentle exfoliator. Water soluble. Examples of AHA’s include Glycolic acid and Lactic acid.
BHA: Best for oily-combination skin and acne prone skin with whiteheads, blackheads and obvious pores. Penetrates deeper into the skin, breaking down oils that clogs pores. Anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory. Primary BHA is Salicylic Acid.
There you have it. Choose your exfoliator wisely. Plus, don’t forget to use SPF once you’ve started exfoliating. Remember to always consult a professional and get recommendations before committing to a new skincare product. Also patch test beforehand.
Already using a BHA or AHA product? Let us know what you’re using and what the results are for you in a comment down below.