06 maart 2024 - Skincare

It is no longer a secret that (fruit) acids can mean a lot for your skin. When you use these 'miracle ingredients' in the right way and in the right dosage on your skin, it can solve many skin problems. Think of acne, skin aging, scars and even pigmentation. 


AHA’s en BHA’s
In a previous blog I told you more about AHAs, or Alpha Hydroxy Acids. These acids, such as Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid and Malic Acid are water-soluble and can dissolve the 'glue' between dead skin cells and thus promote the peeling process of the skin. In this blog I put BHA's in the spotlight. 

What are BHA’s?

BHA’s, or Beta Hydroxy Acids, are oil-soluble acids that can penetrate the pores of the skin to get rid of make-up residues, sweat, excess sebum and dirt. This makes you less likely to have breakouts. In addition, like AHAs, these acids can remove dead skin cells from the skin surface for a softer and smoother skin structure. 

BHA for use in cosmetics 
The most widely recognized BHA used in cosmetics is salicylic acid. You can delve deeper into this topic by reading my blog post. This acid comes from the bark of the willow tree and has an anti-inflammatory and calming function, acts keratolytically (skin thinning) and prevents the formation of blackheads (comedones). 

Are BHA's suitable for my skin?

BHA's are best suited for combination to oily skin, but you can certainly also use it when you have dry or normal skin.
An effective concentration of salicylic acid is between 0.5 and 2 percent.  
LOOkX Derma skin polish pads contains 1% salicylic acid with a pH value of 4.2. This makes the product safe and effective to use on all skin types, even sensitive skin. By adding Niacinamide, it has a repairing, hydrating and calming effect at the same time.   


Use the product after cleansing and leave it to penetrate before applying a moisturizer. Start with once every three days and see how the skin reacts. Eventually you can use the product on a daily basis.   
Note: Do not use it directly around your eyes.


1. What are AHA's and BHA's?
Answer: AHA's (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) and BHA's (Beta Hydroxy Acids) are both types of exfoliating acids used in skincare products. AHA's are water-soluble and primarily work on the surface of the skin, while BHA's are oil-soluble and can penetrate deeper into the pores.

2. What are the benefits of using AHA's and BHA's?
Answer: AHA's and BHA's help remove dead skin cells, resulting in smoother and brighter skin. They can also assist in reducing fine lines, wrinkles, acne, and hyperpigmentation, depending on the type of acid and its concentration.

3. Which skin problems can be treated with AHA's and BHA's?
Answer: AHA's are particularly effective in treating fine lines, dry skin, and dullness, while BHA's are often used for treating acne, blackheads, and enlarged pores. Both acids can also help improve the overall texture and appearance of the skin.

4. Are AHA's and BHA's suitable for all skin types?
Answer: Generally, AHA's and BHA's are suitable for most skin types, but individuals with sensitive skin should use them cautiously. It's important to start with products containing a lower concentration and gradually increase to avoid irritation.

5. How should I incorporate AHA's and BHA's into my skincare routine?
Answer: You can incorporate products containing AHA's and BHA's into your skincare routine by choosing toners, serums, creams, or exfoliating masks that contain these acids. Start using these products a few times a week and adjust the frequency based on your skin's reaction.