Top-Rated Products with AHA/BHAs

These Beloved AHA/BHA Products Target Pretty Much Every Skincare Concern In The Book

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When it comes to a well-rounded skincare routine that results in a smooth, healthy complexion, exfoliation is nonnegtioable. And contrary to popular belief, this does not have to be in the form of a scary, gritty scrub, and in most cases, it shouldn't. Exfoliating acids, while they might sound even scarier (they're not—promise), are the way to go. The majority of these acids can be separated into two categories—AHAs and BHAs—which target different skin concerns and needs.

AHAs, or alpha-hydroxy acids, typically come from sugar cane or other plant sources, which is why they're often also referred to as fruit acids. Generally recommended for normal to dry, sun damaged skin (they have natural moisturizing factors), they work by increasing the shedding of dead skin cells retained at the surface. They also stimulate collagen production, making them ideal for those concerned with fine lines and wrinkles.

BHAs, or beta-hydroxy acids, work both on the skin's surface and deep inside the pores, which is what makes them so great for oily skin or skin that's prone to bumps, clogs, blemishes, and enlarged pores. The most common one is salycilic acid, which you've likely heard of if you struggle with acne. And, unlike, many acne-fighting skincare ingredients, BHAs are actually extra gentle, which makes them great for those with sensitive skin, too.

In short, you'll want an AHA if you're dealing with surface-level issues like dry skin, wrinkles, and sun damage. If you're dealing with something deeper, such as cystic acne and clogged pores, a BHA is the way to go. However, if you think you're a candidate for both, you're in luck—there are plenty of skincare products out there that combine the two for maximum results.

Ahead, we've rounded up a list of the most popular AHA and BHA products on the market, featuring everything serums to cleansers to creams, depending on what fits well into your unique routine. From drugstore to luxury, scroll on to shop the roundup of impressive exfoliating products that deserve a spot in your lineup.

October 19, 2022

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