What Is BHA?
BHA stands for ‘beta-hydroxy acid’ and is hydroxy acid that acts as chemical exfoliants for the skin. BHAs can also be in the form of willow bark extract, tropic acid, or sodium salicylate. BHA exfoliants work on the uppermost layers of the skin’s surface, loosening the bonds between dead surface layers and uncovering the radiant skin beneath them. But BHA also works inside the pore. So, while BHAs have benefits for all skin types—hydrating, diminishing the look of lines and wrinkles, visibly improving skin’s firmness, texture, and tone—its multi-tasking, standout properties make it ideal for those with normal to oily, bumpy, or congested skin that may be showing signs of aging. They’re even suitable for skin prone to milia.
BHA exfoliants help with so many skin concerns, they’re in nearly all our collections, including our RESIST line for anti-aging, our CLEAR line for anti-acne, and our CALM line for anti-redness. BHA exfoliants can change the look and feel of your skin in ways you may have thought weren’t possible; they’re suitable for skin prone to milia, and their soothing and calming properties make them gentle enough even for skin prone to rosacea.
Is a BHA Exfoliant right for You?
Many people wonder if they should be using a BHA exfoliant, an AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) exfoliant, or a combination of both. Although some people do use both, it’s fine to stick with one or the other.
BHA is probably best if you’re concerned about:
- Clogged Pores and Bumps on Your face or Body: BHA is oil soluble, so it can reach in to clear excess oil and other substances that clog pores. The result is fewer bumps and, in a short period of time, minimized pore size. It’s even suitable for skin prone to keratosis pilaris especially when paired with a gentle, water-soluble body wash.
- Sensitive Skin: BHA’s natural soothing properties are ideal for those with sensitive, reddened skin, regardless of skin type.
- Anti-Bacterial Effects: BHA has an anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial effect. These are two more reasons to use a BHA exfoliant if you have spots, acne, or red, sensitive skin.
- Exfoliate Skin: BHA is recommended for people suffering from rosacea-prone skin. Not everyone suffering from rosacea-prone skin can tolerate an exfoliant, but it is worth trying a BHA exfoliant to see if your skin reacts positively to it.