Let's Talk Acids: AHA's and BHA's


Alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) and beta hydroxy acid (BHA) are the most commonly used acids in skincare when it comes to chemical exfoliation. These gentle exfoliators work to 'unglue' dead skin that may be trapped beneath the surface, allowing it to slough off. You'll see visibly smoother and more refined skin with consistent use.

While the two acids work in different ways, they work well together for maximum results. 


Alpha hydroxy acids include glycolic, lactic, pyruvic, and malic acids. All AHA's are water soluble so they don't penetrate the skin as deeply as BHA's. AHA's dissolve the bonds closer to the surface (goodbye clogged pores!) - with every use, dead cells are rinsed away and you can see renewed, fresh skin underneath.

We use acids from hibiscus flowers in Alpha Lyra - it is naturally rich in gentler AHAs.They also contain pyruvic acid, that the skin converts into lactic acid. This process slows down absorption of the chemical, allowing for more gentle exfoliation. No "purging" here!



The most well known clearing treatments contain salicylic acid, which is classified as a BHA. BHA's go deeper into the skin since they are oil-soluble, easily breaking down sebum. Clearing clogged pores from the inside, out.

Salicylic Acid is a key ingredient in Salvatrix, Anti-Blemish Serum.

Alpha Lyra, AHA/BHA Buffing Cleanser combines both powerful acids to refine skin. The formulation helps to speed cellular turnover, smooth complexion, refine skin tone, decrease discoloration, and improve texture.

We've paired both of these powerful products together in our Blemish Control Duo.


Reviewed by Alyssa "I think this set is what Proactiv should have been, it would have saved me a lot of headache in my teenage years!"


Any questions about how to integrate AHA's and BHA's into your routine? Leave them below!