BHA Skincare & Cosmetics

The acronym BHA stands for beta hydroxy acids, an element that has established itself as a hugely popular ingredient in complexion-correcting skin care. Because of their exceptional exfoliating properties, the acids are frequently employed in acne or anti-aging formulas.

The most common BHA is undoubtedly salicylic acid, so much so that the terms are often interchangeable.

If you are looking for AHAs, check out our glossary page.

See our bhas guide to answer your questions like what’s the difference between AHAs and BHAs and who should use BHA beauty products.

Brands With BHAs Products

  • Dermalogica
  • L'Oréal Professionnel Serie Expert
  • Green People
  • Clinique
  • Kiehl's
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The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
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Skin Doctors Hair No More Inhibitor Spray
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L'Oréal Professionnel Serie Expert Pro Longer Shampoo
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L'Oréal Professionnel Serie Expert Vitamino Color Shampoo
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-14%
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$19.00 $22.00
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$25.00
Biolage CleanReset Cleansing Shampoo
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$8.00
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$19.00
-42%
L'Oréal Professionnel Serie Expert Volumetry Root Spray
L'Oréal Professionnel Serie Expert Volumetry Root Spray
$11.00 $18.65
-18%
Bioderma Node DS+ Anti-Recidive Shampoo
Bioderma Node DS+ Anti-Recidive Shampoo
$12.00 $14.55
-7%
Paula's Choice Resist Daily Pore Refining Treatment 2% BHA
Paula's Choice Resist Daily Pore Refining Treatment 2% BHA
$35.00 $37.50
-4%
Kérastase Soleil Bain Apres Soleil Shampoo
Kérastase Soleil Bain Apres Soleil Shampoo
$33.92 $35.00
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PIXI Clarity Tonic
$12.00
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Kérastase Blond Absolu Bain Lumiere Shampoo
$21.00
CeraVe SA Renewing Foot Cream
CeraVe SA Renewing Foot Cream
$8.00
Paula's Choice Calm 1% BHA Lotion Exfoliant
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$32.00
Kérastase Discipline Bain Fluidealiste Shampoo
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$36.00
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$62.00
-25%
Redken Iron Shape 11
Redken Iron Shape 11
$15.34 $20.35
-24%
Redken All Soft Mega Conditioner
Redken All Soft Mega Conditioner
$19.00 $24.75
-11%
Kérastase Nutritive Bain Satin 2 Shampoo
Kérastase Nutritive Bain Satin 2 Shampoo
$33.00 $37.00
The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Masque
The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Masque
$12.00
Kérastase Nutritive Bain Magistral Shampoo
Kérastase Nutritive Bain Magistral Shampoo
$33.00
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$36.00
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$42.00
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$36.00
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$42.00
-43%
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo (+) SPF 30
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo (+) SPF 30
$17.00 $29.57
ELEMIS Rehydrating Rosepetal Cleanser
ELEMIS Rehydrating Rosepetal Cleanser
$34.78
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The Ordinary The Balance Set
$31.80
The INKEY List Salicylic Acid Cleanser
The INKEY List Salicylic Acid Cleanser
$10.99
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$14.00
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$25.00
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-36%
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$12.99 $20.00
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-29%
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-27%
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-25%
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-24%
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-22%
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$24.00 $30.50
-21%
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Elizabeth Arden Prevage Anti Aging & Intensive Repair Eye Serum
Elizabeth Arden Prevage Anti Aging & Intensive Repair Eye Serum
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Fudge Clean Blonde Shampoo
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-17%
Elizabeth Arden Prevage Advanced Daily Serum
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-15%
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Dermalogica AGE Bright Clearing Serum
$64.25 $75.00
-15%
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Lancaster Sun Beauty Velvet Milk SPF 30
$17.60 $20.70
-10%
Clinique Sonic Extra Gentle Cleansing Foam
Clinique Sonic Extra Gentle Cleansing Foam
$21.35 $23.50
-10%
Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Gel Exfoliant
Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Gel Exfoliant
$32.00 $35.50
-10%
Bioderma Sebium Pore Refiner Corrective Cream For Enlarged Pores
Bioderma Sebium Pore Refiner Corrective Cream For Enlarged Pores
$19.99 $22.00
-10%
Augustinus Bader The Essence
Augustinus Bader The Essence
$77.00 $85.00
-7%
Paula's Choice Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment With 5% AHA
Paula's Choice Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment With 5% AHA
$35.00 $37.50
-5%
Redken Brews Daily Shampoo
Redken Brews Daily Shampoo
$12.40 $13.00
-2%
Dermalogica AGE Bright Spot Fader
Dermalogica AGE Bright Spot Fader
$51.00 $52.00
-1%
Bioderma Hydrabio Cream
Bioderma Hydrabio Cream
$24.99 $25.00
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The Ordinary Marine Hyaluronics
$8.00
Garnier Pure Active Intensive Blackhead Exfoliating Face Scrub
Garnier Pure Active Intensive Blackhead Exfoliating Face Scrub
$8.50
Biotherm Homme Aquafitness Instant Revitalizing Shower Gel
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$29.38
PIXI Glow Peel Pads
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$22.00
Mario Badescu Acne Facial Cleanser
Mario Badescu Acne Facial Cleanser
$15.00
Mario Badescu Acne Control Kit
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$46.20
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$4.50
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BHAs

Frequently Asked Questions about BHAs products

What’s the difference between AHAs and BHAs?

The primary difference between AHAs and BHAs comes down to oil solubility. While BHAs are oil soluble, AHAs are only soluble in water.

Who should use BHA beauty products?

If your skin is prone to either acne or blackheads, you should consider working BHAs into your routine.

How often should I be using BHA beauty products?

Because so many different products utilize BHAs, there is no one way to apply. Anti-acne treatments are likely to contain lower concentrations of the acid, and so are suitable for daily – or even twice-daily – application.

Products with higher concentrations, however, might require a more cautious approach. What's more, different skin types can have very different reactions, so test your skin for sensitivity before making the acid a regular part of your routine.

Are there any negative side effects of BHA beauty products?

Similar to AHAs, BHAs can leave skin more vulnerable to sun damage. You should therefore ensure that you protect your skin with SPF when treating your skin, in particular with exfoliation and peeling products which can also leave skin too dry.

Occasionally, skin can also overreact to the acid, and actually produce more oil than usual. These are not necessarily common side effects, but are understood to be an occasional risk.

Where do BHAs originate?

Salicylic acid, the BHA you're most likely to come across, occurs naturally in both willow bark and sweet birch.

What other ingredients/products do BHAs go well with?

Products orientated around BHAs are formulated to refine complexions. This means that antioxidant-rich ingredients like witch hazel, green tea and black carrot are often included to further enhance the appearance and health of skin.

While BHA can be used in the same routine as vitamin C, a product that contains both can alter the acid's pH and therefore reduce its effectiveness.

What are the skin care benefits of BHA beauty products?

BHAs are oil soluble, which causes them to penetrate your pores upon application. This allows the acids to rid skin of the oil that can clog pores and cause acne. On top of this, they also possess strong antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

Carly Cochrane

Written by Carly Cochrane, Beauty Editor

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