Does anyone else look at the ingredients of their skincare and think 'huh??'...

With so many new skincare technologies and research out in the market, we are constantly being inundated with what we should be putting on our skin, but because we are not scientists (obviously!), it can be incredibly confusing about what everything means.

Have no fear though because we have done the hard work for you and have decoded what the most common skincare ingredients – AHA and BHA – actually mean.

Your skin can thank us later.


AHA (alpha hydroxyl acid) is one of the most common ingredients in skincare products because it refers to exfoliant ingredients like lactic and glycolic acids. These types of ingredients can be incorporated into pretty much any type of skincare product, from masks, toners, moisturisers, peels, exfoliators and cleansers.

AHA is a wonder ingredient because it cleanses your skin deeply, removing dead skin cells whilst also providing a tonne of moisture. AHA products also have anti-ageing benefits and suit sun-damaged or dry skin.


BHA (beta hydroxyl acid), also known as salicylic acid, is pretty much the same thing as AHA, but does it more effectively. Just like AHA, it's anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial, which leaves your skin super clean and calm.

This makes any skin product with BHA ideal for oil, congested and acne-prone skin types. BHAs help to deep clean your pores that cause whiteheads and blackheads, so it’s basically it’s skincare’s super ingredient.

So there you have it: AHA and BHA decoded, but basically, both ingredients are the not-so-little secrets that ensure clear and gorgeous skin!