If you’re reading this article then you most likely already know what AHAs and BHAs are but a quick recap isn’t going to hurt anyone.
The human body is complex on levels we cannot fathom. For example: Our skin has a self exfoliation mechanism and sheds dead skin cells everyday. However, this process slows down with age. The buildup of dead skin cells can have some undesired effects like clogged pores, acne, dullness and wrinkles to name a few. But that is not the end of the world; you can supplement your body’s ability to exfoliate by including chemical exfoliants in your skincare routine.
Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA) and Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHA) are chemical exfoliants that are found in a number of skincare products ranging from cleansers to masks. While AHAs exfoliate the top layer of the skin, BHAs get into your pores and unclog them. All in all, both these kinds of acids improve the overall appearance of your skin texture and help with hyperpigmentation and sun damage.
Now for the big question
Do AHAs and BHAs increase potential sun damage?
Since BHAs like Salicylic Acid work by getting rid of all the gunk deep in your pores, they do not make your skin any more sensitive to sun that it already is. As a matter of fact, BHAs can help with sun damage caused by excessive exposure. AHAs on the other hand work by exfoliating the top layer of the skin. It is important to note that AHAs are highly recommended to treat sun damage. However, in the process of doing so, the use of AHAs like Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid and Tartaric Acid make the skin sensitive to sun damage.
According to The Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel of the FDA, products containing AHAs are likely to make the skin more sensitive to sun damage than usual. It is absolutely essential to take daily precautions against sun damage. This includes wearing a hat when outdoors, using a broad-spectrum sunscreen and reapplying the sunscreen every 2 hours.
The CIR Expert Panel while talking about BHAs said that they are, "safe as used when formulated to avoid irritation and when formulated to avoid increased sun sensitivity.". According to FDA regulations, manufacturers are required to test their products for potential sun damage. If it appears that using those products makes one’s skin more sensitive, the directions of the product must include a reminder to take precautions against sun damage.
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