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The Quick Guide to How AHAs and BHAs Work on Your Skin.


According to, In 2021, everyone is doing acid. From Pixi’s glycolic acid-powered Glow Tonic to the All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment under Sunday Riley’s Good Genes label, and Dermatologist's Choice Glycolic Peel Cleansing Pads and Ultra Anti-Aging Cream, chemical exfoliating products have become a staple in beauty lovers’ cabinets.

Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) work by dissolving the ‘glue’ holding adjacent keratinocytes together, meaning the dead cells desquamate to leave smoother skin underneath, which reflects the light more evenly for a more radiant complexion.

AHAs and BHAs are found in nature, with glycolic acid coming from sugarcane, for example, lactic acid from milk and mandelic acid from bitter almonds, although synthetic versions exist and are frequently used.

At Dermatologist's Choice we believe that glycolic acid and other AHAs and BHAs should be a main step to your skincare routine. With it's medically-proven results, natural derivative, and clinical testing that facts show glycolic acid is a powerful ingredient to improve the skin. 


SHOP: Glycolic Peel Cleansing Pads with non-neutralized glycolic acid, $48

Ultra Anti-Aging Cream with non-neutralized glycolic acid, $75


Resources: Cosmetic Business

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