I would say BHA. It has gotten rid of like 99% of my blackheads and is clearing me up wonderfully. Paula's Choice is what I use. SHe has a website so just look her up. From what I gather from reading BHA is used mostly for acne and AHA for sunburn and flakey skin. But from my experience BHA is some really good stuff.
hope this helps
BHA is salicylic acid. This will unclog your pores and allow dead skin to flake off. You can find salicylic acid products at ANY major drugstores or grocery stores- cleansers, spot treatments, toners, you name it.
AHAs do the same as BHA but BHA does it faster. AHAs help w/ ph balance too. Also I don't think AHA's help with acne but I could be wrong.
Depending on how sensitive your skin is I would NOT recommend using BHAs and AHAs together- this will cause SOOO much irritation. Unless you have skin of steel or something you might want to use an AHA/BHA product with something gentler.
Never use an AHA and a BHA at the same time, although you could use one at night and the other during the day. If you want to get deep into the pore and work on removing blackheads and keeping them from forming, definitely go with the BHA. Paula's Choice l% lotion is gentle and very effective.
Originally posted by poreoilyme: Never use an AHA and a BHA at the same time, although you could use one at night and the other during the day. If you want to get deep into the pore and work on removing blackheads and keeping them from forming, definitely go with the BHA. Paula's Choice l% lotion is gentle and very effective.
I've never heard that... infact, Neutrogena Multi-Vitamin Acne Treatment... Neutrogena Pore Refining Cleanser... and Neutrogena Pore Refining Toner, all contain AHA and BHA... infact, most AHA products i've noticed also contain BHA.
[This message has been edited by chemicaldreamer (edited 06-07-2003).]
Originally posted by AllGood: one last question about the AHA products. Am I lkking for the anti wrinkle cream? because that's all I am seeing. Feels weird to walk up to the cashier wrinkle cream.
Yeah, the Alpha Hydrox enhanced creme, and many other AHA products are aimed towards wrinkle reduction, since AHA exfoliates the surface skin and can get rid of minor wrinkles faster.
chemicaldreamer, I think it is different if a product is formulated to incorporate the BHA and AHA together. The products that we're talking about are formulated so that the BHA and AHA work seperately, and are therefore usually more effective.
In my experience, Neutrogena products always let me down. They ususally are not in the correct pH range to be effective, and usually contain irritating ingredients such as fragrance, coloring, and alcohol. http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/t_down.gif