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Chemical Exfoliants are the best face scrubs

Chemical exfoliants are a safe and effective way to scrub your skin without causing any damage. They improve the skin appearance and can repair some of hyperpigmentation caused by sun. It also reduces the visibility of wrinkles and smoothens out the skin texture, giving you a healthy glow.

There are two different type of chemical exfoliants alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) and beta hydroxy acid (BHA).

AHA’s are better at penetrating the epidermis and will help moisturize because of its humectant properties. On the other hand, because BHA’s are oil soluble, the salicylic acid can also go into the pores of deep blackheads.

I started off using daily to get rid of the initial blackheads. Afterwards I introduced in my skincare routine to reduce the size of my pores.

Difference between AHA and BHA exfoliators

AHABHA
Water solubleLipid soluble
Unglues dead skinDegunks pores
Great for dry skinGreat for oily skin
PhotosensitizingNon-photosensitizing
Humectant propertiesDrying
Improves collagen densityMildly anti-inflammatory
Low concentrations for PIHHigh concentrations for PIH
Best on Caucasian skin toneTolerated by all skin tones

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AHA’s are better at penetrating the epidermis and will help moisturize because of its humectant properties. On the other hand, because BHA’s are oil soluble, the salicylic acid can also go into the pores of deep blackheads.

If you have a dry skin, an AHA exfoliant might be a more effective face scrub. It reduces the visibility of your pores and makes your skin acne free. But if you want to get rid of deep blackheads on your nose, a BHA is the best face scrub. It is possible to use both, one in the morning and one in the evening. But make sure to apply sunscreen when using an AHA in the morning as it is photosensitizing and will increase the sun damage.

How to Chemical Scrub

  1. Wash your face with a cleanser
  2. Pat it dry with a soft towel
  3. Apply AHA/BHA exfoliant
  4. After 20 minutes moisturize your face

When choosing the best face scrub you only got three choices: , , and . While I have never had problems with Stridex, it can be very drying and has a fragrance that could irritate sensitive skin. Using one of these daily has made my skin silky smooth with a healthy glow and no visible pores.