Chemical Exfoliate

Exfoliating is one of the important steps that need to include in your weekly routine. So what is actually the benefit of exfoliating? Why is it so important? What did it do to your skin? So this entry will answer all of your questions. 

Exfoliate is divided into two categories which are physical and chemical exfoliation. Physical exfoliate is using small beads or devices while chemical exfoliates commonly use alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) or beta-hydroxy acid (BHA). 

Some of the well-known AHA are glycolic acid, citric acid, lactic acid, mandelic acid, and tartaric acid. While the most common BHA is salicylic acid. 

AHA is primarily used to remove the upper skin layer while BHA is used to cleanse deep in the pores. 

Exfoliate routine totally depends on the individual. Some find once in two weeks is enough while some exfoliate every other day. It totally depends on your skin. However, the recommended dosage is once to twice a week. 

The benefit of a chemical exfoliate is:

  • Improve skin texture/acne
    BHA is a proven ingredient that can reduce skin texture and acne. Use it once a week and follow up with a moisturiser. Apply SPF if using BHA in the morning.

  • Minimize pores
    Enlarge pores usually result from clogged pores or close comedones. To tackle it, use BHA as BHA may melt dirt deep inside your pores. This will reduce the appearance of your pores. 

  • Remove dead skin
    Exfoliators such as AHA can remove dead skin that is trapped on your skin as our skin is renewed every 27 days. 
  • Absorb skincare
    Have you ever realised whatever skincare you use can't really seem beneficial for you? It may be caused by the build-up of dead skin cells. Use gentle AHA toner before your other skincare. However bear in mind, some of the skincare cannot be mixed with AHA. 

  • Brightening or glow effect
    Removing the upper layer of the skin or dead skin cells will reveal fresh and new skin cells. Results in even skin tone and glow effect. Both AHA and BHA can be used. 

  • Prevent breakout 
    Clogged pores due to dirt, excess sebum, bacteria, dead skin cells may cause a breakout. Cleanse your pores once a week can prevent them from clogging. BHA is good to cleanse pores.