AHA/BHA Exfoliant

AHA/BHA Exfoliant

Regular price $50.00


This formulation dramatically improves skin’s texture for radiant, even-toned skin. The active ingredients contained in this formula have been clinically proven to hydrate, brighten & smooth fine lines. Salicylic Acid (BHA) unclogs & diminishes enlarged pores whilst the Lactic Acid (AHA) exfoliates the top layer of facial skin.


Salicylic Acid

Also called beta hydroxy acid (BHA), this multifunctional ingredient addresses many of the systemic causes of acne. Its primary benefit is as an exfoliant, helping shed dead skin in a way similar to how skin acts when we are younger. Because it has the ability to penetrate into the pore lining and exfoliate inside the pore as well as on the surface of skin, it is especially effective for reducing breakouts, including blackheads and whiteheads.

In addition to these benefits, salicylic acid also has soothing properties to calm aggravated skin, can help minimize the appearance of an uneven skin tone, and has hydrating abilities that can result in smoother skin.

Paulas Choice, Expert Advice Ingredient Dictionary, Salicylic Acid, 2017

Lactic acid

Alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) extracted from milk, although most forms used in cosmetics are synthetic because that form is easier to formulate with and stabilize.

In a pH-correct formula (generally a product would have a pH between 3 and 4) and in concentrations between 5 and 12%, lactic acid exfoliates on the surface of skin by breaking down the material that holds dead skin together, allowing it to shed naturally as it once did. Lactic acid may cause sensitivity, although this isn’t common and can be minimized, if not eliminated, if the formulation contains soothing ingredients.

Lactic acid also has hydrating properties and, like glycolic acid (another AHA), helps brighten an uneven skin tone.

Paulas Choice, Expert Advice Ingredient Dictionary, Lactic Acid, 2016


Shake well. Lightly soak a cotton pad and apply over the entire face once or twice a week. Do not rinse for at least 6 hours. For daytime use, follow with a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater. Suitable for all skin types. Always do a test patch first.


Aqua purificata, Ethanol 96%, Propylene Glycol, Lactic Acid (4%), Salicylic Acid (3%), Sodium Hydroxide

pH: 3.6


People allergic to aspirin should not use products containing salicylic acid (beta hydroxy acid).