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Exfoliating Acids in Skincare Routine: Beginner’s Guide to Chemical Exfoliation (AHA & BHA)

Will my face burn off if I use all of these exfoliating acids together, I know these help brighten and smooth out my skin, but what exactly are these acids and how does it work, could they be layered, mixed how much chemical exfoliation is too much, Help help. Hey guys welcome back, so today we’re gonna be talking all about chemical exfoliation, and in particular two particular ones that we’ve seen everywhere AHA and BHA or a ahas and bhas, Aha bha.

these AHAs and BHAs can be found in toner serums face mask moisturizes, all the things, basically everything, and then you’re kind of questioning, okay what does it do, and will it burn off my face, and how much is too much, so today we’re gonna talk about what exactly is chemical exfoliation, what’s the difference between AHA and BHA, how often to use them, and what’s the best acids for different skin types, because I have oily combination sensitive, and I have dry combination dehydrated, so there is something for all of you, for all of us, before we get into the video, we just want to remind you guys we now have merchandise, there’s t-shirts mugs sweaters hoodies, then we also have channel membership, we officially turn it on this past week, next to our subscribe button you’ll see a join button, and if you press that, it’ll come up with this pop-up, so basically it’s true extra videos a month, exclusive content just for you guys who subscribe to it, so make sure to check that out, and without further ado, let’s get into exfoliating acids, To start what exactly is chemical exfoliation how is it different from physical exfoliation, the main difference between chemical and physical exfoliation is pretty straightforward, when you’re using a physical exfoliator, you’re generally using something to scrub the face, yeah so it’s either dry brushes clarisonic brushes, towels things with the little beads in there, scrubs yeah, or even the peeling gels, so these physical exfoliants and scrubs definitely do work, but the main thing is it’s important to be gentle, because it could cause micro tears in your skin and your epidermis, if you’re not careful enough, yeah and I think you hear a lot of this with physical face scrubs, because they contain walnut shells and other kind of like nut shells which sound really natural, but they can actually be really abrasive and cause your skin to tear, it’s kind of like sandpaper on wood, but that’s not saying all physical exfoliators are bad, if you use like Fresh has a sugar scrub which is really gentle, that’s also really good at buffing away dead skin, but moving on to chemical exfoliation, which is what our video is mainly about, there’s two types AHA and BHA, so with chemical exfoliants, even though it sounds really intense especially when you talk about acids, you’re like wait burning my face, but it’s actually a lot gentler and maybe even a little more efficient and reactive at removing dead skin cells without physically rubbing or like scrubbing, yeah because actually these chemicals are naturally derived a lot of the time like AHA, but you only need to know two main things, they’re basically there to unstick the glue that holds your dead skin together which is what causes breakouts and clogged pores, and it also helps to increase the cell regeneration so that your skin isn’t dull, bing bing all the time, so remember there’s two things, s so let’s jump into AHA which is alpha hydroxy acid, so even though AHA are acids, it’s actually derived from natural substances like sugar cane or apples or fruits or , yeah actually I have an example here, so this is the Origins High-Potency Night-A-Mins fruit derived AHA, and this one’s actually made from grapes and sugar beets, so those are the fruits, so that’s what it means when it’s naturally derived, it’s like the chemical is extracted from these things, and because it’s derived from these natural substances and ingredients, it’s suitable for all skin types, and it’s gentle enough for everyone to use, so for me when I have really dry flaky skin, it helps remove the dead skin that’s just flaking, and for someone like Felicia AHAs are also gentle enough to use for oily and acne blemishes prone skin, so the thing to remember with AHA is that it’s water soluble which means it can’t penetrate into the pores as deep as its paternal twin the BHA, will delve into it a little bit later but it helps nourish the skin, it helps to unstick unglue any of the old dead skin that’s keeping you from looking like glowy gloss skin, so there are many different types of AHAs, and today we’re just going to focus on four, so there is glycolic lactic mandelic and malic acid, so let’s start with glycolic acid was like the monarch of all the AHAs, so it is usually found in sugar crops, and because of its smaller molecular size, it means that it can penetrate the skin better than most other AHAs, which is why it’s found in almost every single product that has AHA, next is lactic acid which is my favorite, because it’s less irritating on the skin, but works the same way by removing off the top layer of skin cells to reveal fresher brighter and plumper skin underneath, it’s a popular alternative to glycolic because it works in the same way, but it is milder and it works more to moisturize the skin while it exfoliates, so lactic acid is sometimes derived from milk but don’t worry it’s nothing like the smell of sour milk, because that’ll be bad, so the one that I always mentioned in all these videos is the Ordinary lactic acid, it’s got 10% and it’s really hydrating, it tingles a little bit but that’s completely fine when it comes to AHA, your skin gets used to it, so next we have mandelic acid which is generally the most AHA is antibacterial and exfoliating which is great for people who have acne, and fun fact it comes from bitter almonds, and another popular AHA is malic acid, it’s an AHA that lacks the exfoliating punch of glycolic and lactic acid but is most often used with other types of AHAs and it tends to pop up particularly in brightening exfoliants, and is found in many fruits like apples, so to sum up they do two and a half main things, to resurface the overall texture of your skin, and then also even out the skin surface, and what’s the half, The half is the brightening, you can find in some of these exfoliating acids, yeah because if you think about it, if it sheds the outermost top layer of dead skin, it naturally does brighten because your new skin is fresh, so which ones are your favorites, my favorite is the REN skincare, the AHA toner, it’s amazing every morning if I don’t use it, I can just tell the pores of my face, and yeah I can feel it, and then there’s the Sunday Riley good genes, it’s definitely on the very expensive side, but it’s worth it, so for good genes, I use it in the mornings at night, and there is a slight tingling because of the lactic acid within the products, and I’ve also been trying Herbivore prim exfoliating glow potion, which I used mostly at night, and I think it’s like a serum that goes before the moisturizer and all the other stuff, and then that one doesn’t really tingle as much, it’s like a very fluid liquidy for dry skin, so I have three that I really love using, because I use them all at night, so it’s like overnight when your skin regenerates, and in the morning it’s like when you can tell, when it’s like either like wow or not right, so one of my favorites is the Farmacy honeymoon glow serum, there is a tingling feeling, especially if you have any open wounds, like if you have an active pimple, and you like spread it all over the face right, it starts to like tingle a little like burn slash tingle, but it’s fine because it’s like subsides after a little bit, often times when I use these AHAs, I try to keep the moisturizer quite basic, same yeah, nothing with mole-like acids on it, because I just feel like it’s too much, yeah moisturizers without any active ingredients that like do stuff, the second thing that I really like is from Drunk Elephant, it’s the TLC Framboos glycolic night serum, and this is got 12% AHA and also BHA, it’s a blend, and every time I feel like my face is congested with breakouts especially in the chin, I go straight towards this, this is another serum, compared to the honeymoon glow, it’s not as like ravishing the next day, but it helps to really calm down my skin, so the last one is from Origins, the one I just mentioned before, it’s the High-Potency Night-A-Mins, and this is the oil-free resurfacing cream with fruit derived AHA, and this is a sleeping mask, I really love sleeping mask, because you just pop it on like a moisturizer I wake up and you’re like bing bing in the morning, okay so BHAs they’re beta hydroxy acids, and I’m gonna pass on to Fel because it’s her gem, it’s what she uses, yeah because BHA the main one is salicylic acid, and any of you who’s had acne, we all know what salicylic acid is, okay but mainly because you know how AHA was water soluble BHA or salicylic acid is oil soluble, so because it is oil soluble, it can penetrate deeper into your pores and break down the sebum that’s causing inflammation and breakouts and hormonal acne it’s the only thing that can actually help in the pores, so that it can dissolve that tastes like sebum that’s clogging your pores, which actually is the cause of breakouts, it’s also anti-inflammatory, so in a nutshell BHA basically goes where AHA’s can’t go which is into the deep crevices of your pores, and to dissolve all the nasties and the oils that causes breakouts, yeah actually AHA and BHA work in different ways, and they could be used together, and my favorite toner is actually from Innisfree, it’s the bija skin toner and it’s got salicylic acid, so you just use this like any other toner, put it on a cotton pad and swipe it all over your face, and it just really calms down any of the inflammation like pimples that are coming up, like as soon as you feel like there’s bumps and you’re oily especially in the summer or hormonal, I’ll like tend to gravitate towards these things, so for the longest time I always associated salicylic acid with acne, so I just didn’t ever yeah but then doing research and you know making this video, I realize it’s actually hydrating and moisturizing and it doesn’t do the things that I thought it did, I thought it was like really drying and like I should stay away from it, one thing I’ve been loving is the Herbivore resurfacing clarity mask, and there’s AHA and BHA, and every time after I use it, my skin can breathe again and it’s just so clear and bright automatically, and then I usually follow up with a clay mask and a sheet mask, so one of the few affordable options that we haven’t tried but we hear great things about is the Cosrx blackhead power liquid which has BHA in it as well as Paula’s Choice skin perfection 2% BHA liquid, if you guys have tried the Cosrx once, we realized while researching, there are so many, same thing with the Ordinary too, The Ordinary actually has all AHA all the acids you can think of, leave us your comments and tell us which ones are good for you if you use them, whether it’s Ordinary or Cosrx.

Sharing is caring, so but now if you guys think this is wonderful, it’s so good for your skin is something that you’ve definitely want in your life, there’s a couple of tips, so the first one that we have is that it’s best to find these like a AHAs or BHAs that are leave on treatments or formulas, because if it’s something like you can find them in cleansers, you can find them in these things that you can wash off, but because they are acids, it does take time for it to penetrate into your skin, so it’s important to find something that you can leave on your skin, that’s why for me I love it in a serum form and a mask form, and then second thing is of course read the labels before you use any of these acids because there are in very detailed instructions of how to use it, what to do what not to do, because the differences of percentage will actually be like high concentration, so it might be more stronger, and you want to leave that on for less time, even if you have a pimple that’s kind of dead, you put it on and it still burns after you wash your face, so just like leave that area just go around it, and then that goes to like the next point of these acids are supposed to burn a little like slight tingling for the first like three to five seconds, it’s very normal, but then if it’s prolonged burning after like a minute or two, wash it off if like if you feel like it’s it’s not the tingling sensation you’re used to or it doesn’t feel right or your skin turning red, wash it off, so the most important thing for you guys who are just starting out with these chemical exfoliants is you want to build it up slowly, so just use one product at the beginning, see how your skin reacts to it, first read the label, because for example a toner, the Krave, on the bottle that says use two to three times a week, so that might be because the concentration is a little bit higher, it’s a little bit more intense, so you can’t use it every day versus something like the Ordinary because they also incrementally go up in percentages, you can use the lower one every day, but also it like depends on are you using this for the first time versus having to use this for like months already, so if you’re starting out, it’s recommended to just do it maybe like try it one night, and then leave like at least a day or two before you use it again, just to see how your face and your skin reacts to it, and you want to probably start off with the least concentrated version at the beginning, do not go in and by the Drunk Elephant Sukari Babyfacial, your face will be burn off, you’ll be like what is life.

if it’s a sleeping mask, obviously you don’t use a sleeping mask every day, so that’s more of like two times a week type thing whereas if it’s in a toner or a serum maybe you can use that more but just filled it up incrementally, and your skin will start changing itself , and another thing to note is if you’re already using brushes or things like physical exfoliants, be mindful of how you’re using that in tandem with the acids because you’re just gonna be like triple exfoliating your face, so anyway we hope you guys now know a little bit more about chemical exfoliation physical exfoliation, what these like weird AHA BHA terms really mean because they are really great for your skin, so if you guys have any questions about anything, or you want to just share your experiences tips, yeah leave them below, and then also make sure you check out our merchandise, support our beauty within family, join the family, and also join the channel membership, like comment and subscribe, all that fun stuff , thanks for watching and we’ll see you in the next video bye. .


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