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Buy Skin Exfoliating Products Online

Updated on March 21, 2011

The two most widely used exfoliants are Alpha Hydroxy acid and Beta Hydroxy acid. Few consumers know that the uses of these two skincare ingredients are not the same. Knowledge, in this case, makes all the difference with getting the best results.

About a decade ago, a bandwagon passed through the cosmetic industry and every name brand wanted to get on it. The two products on board that bandwagon were AHA; Alpha Hydroxy acid, and BHA; Beta Hydroxy acid. They are proclaimed miracle workers in the name of anti-aging. They are basically exfoliants, but that is where their similarities end. A closer look will reveal that they are derived from different sources and suited for varying purposes.

Alpha Hydroxy acids come from various plant sources and milk. It can be found in skincare products under its many forms. Glycolic acid (sugar cane) and lactic acid (milk) are the most studied and determined to be the most effective. There are also malic acid, citric acid (both fruits), and tartaric acid (wine), which are also deemed effective but less stable as ingredients. Moreover, few consumers realize AHAs work best under certain conditions. At a concentration of less than 3%, AHAs work as water-binding agents. At concentration of more than 4% and in a pH of 3 or 4, AHAs work best as an exfoliant.

Meanwhile, Beta Hydroxy acid is hardly ever found as BHA in the ingredient list. It comes under the name of salicylic acid. Possibly the most popular and least expensive salicylic product known is Neutrogena's acne/pore treatment line. Salicylic acid works at its optimum at 2%.

One last thing to consider when choosing between AHA and BHA: keep in mind that AHAs work best for those with sun-damaged skin and wrinkles, while salicylic acid or BHA works most effectively for those with blemish problems, such as blackheads and whiteheads.

Here are some Alpha Hydroxy and Beta Hydroxy Exfoliating products you can buy online:

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Rejuvenator, The Anti Aging Power Treatment Kit

This ultimate skin rejuvenation kit includes a microdermabrasion applicator, attachment head and 12 rejuvenating puffs. Each puff is made with mild purifiers and super-fine crystals that gently massage your skin, making it firmer, softer and much younger looking. Not only does this gentle action enable you to use it more often than professional treatments, it also minimizes pores, age spots and wrinkles. Batteries are included.

MD Skincare Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel

This MD Skincare Alpha-Beta Daily Face Peel contains medical-grade ingredients that are safe to use on all skin types. Designed for at-home use, this unique dual-step system contains a 30 day supply of medicated pads with a specific combination of Alpha and Beta Hydroxy acids, antioxidant-rich vitamins A, C, and E, as well relaxing green tea extracts and a non-greasy moisturizer. Daily use results in a healthier, more vibrant skin appearance.

Olay Age Defying Daily Renewal Cleanser, Beta Hydroxy Complex with Gentle Microbeads

Olay Age Defying Daily Renewal Cleanser combines gentle micro-beads with Beta Hydroxy complex and gently lifts away oil, make-up and dirt to reveal fresh and radiant skin. It also renews dry, dull skin to reduce signs of aging, leaving your skin noticeably softer and smooth to the touch. Packaged in a pump bottle for ease of use and convenience. 

AKTA 10% Alpha Hydroxy Treatment

AKTA 10 percent Alpha Hydroxy Treatment is gentle enough to be used daily for dead skin removal, revealing healthy, new skin with improved texture and appearance. Specially formulated to minimize wrinkles and fine lines, this cleanser also improves acne prone skin by reducing excess oil. The non-greasy formula contains no fragrances, synthetic additives or dyes, making it safe for sensitive skin.

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