How To Use Acids in Skincare: The ABCs of AHAs, BHAs and PHAs

April 06 2020

By now you’ve heard the magic that acids—AHAs, BHAs and PHAs—can do for your skin. They’re resurfacing, leaving behind baby-smooth skin that’s softer, brighter and overall more radiant. They can even reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as unclog pores to clear up acne. Yes, they’re that good and their effectiveness has been studied enough that brands are able to get the exact right amount of each to deliver on skin promises.

Peace Out Dullness has got you covered on all those fronts—and more. Dullness contains 10% AHA, 0.4% BHA and 2% PHA, a seven-acid complex of glycolic, citric, tartaric, malic, lactic, salicylic and polyhydroxy acids. They work together to slough off dead skin cells to reveal the luminous skin you’ve dreamed of. For even better skin, we’ve also included niacinamide, a form of vitamin B, to help even out the skin tone, plus Evodia fruit extract for a boost of antioxidant superpower.

But what are the differences between the three big acids: AHAs, BHAs and PHAs. Do they do the same thing? Don’t worry; we’re here to help. Read below to learn more and become a pro on acids in your skincare.

Incorporate These Acids In Your Skincare Routine

Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) Benefits For Skin

Two of the most common AHAs are lactic and glycolic acid. They’re stellar at dissolving the upper layer of the skin (it doesn’t hurt) to effectively remove hyperpigmentation, some breakouts and uneven skin texture. With continued use, they can keep these texture issues from forming. Those with oily or blemish-prone skin find them extremely helpful, though they can be awesome for any skin type. If your skin is a bit more sensitive, lactic acid has been shown to be a bit gentler on the skin.

Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs) Benefits For Skin

BHAs are also chemical exfoliants and ones best for oily skin types. The most common BHA? Salicylic acid. It gets rid of dead skin cells without stripping your skin of essential oils. Because of this, BHAs are also great for those who are prone to acne, blackheads and even milia. And salicylic acid isn’t just a stellar exfoliator. It’s also anti-inflammatory, which makes it so perfect for breakouts.

Polyhydroxy Acids (PHAs) Benefits For Skin

If your skin is too sensitive to handle AHAs and BHAs, then the newer-found PHAs are perfect for you. It’s all about molecule size, here. Because PHA molecules are larger, they can’t penetrate the skin as deeply, making them gentler sensitive skin or skin prone to eczema atopic rosacea. PHAs, including gluconic acid, also have hydrating properties, which is why it’s great for dry, itchy skin.

Now that you know the difference between AHAs, BHAs and PHAs, remember that Peace Out Dullness has them all. You don’t have to choose between diminishing rough texture, acne, fine lines and wrinkles, or hyperpigmentation. With Dullness, you can have it all. Radiant skin is just a swipe away.

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