PHAs, the gentle giant among chemical exfoliants

PHAs, the gentle giant among chemical exfoliants | Oui the People


Using AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) and BHAs (Beta Hydroxy Acids) can be a recipe for redness, dryness, and flaking for skin that's super reactive as these both penetrate the skin's surface. Luckily, there are PHAs (Polyhydroxy Acids) which are made up of molecules much larger than AHA's and BHA's, resulting in PHAs working solely at the skin's surface and making them better suited for sensitive skin types who've yet to experience how effective regular chemical exfoliation can be.  

PHA molecules also attract water molecules, which in turn moisturize your skin. PHAs can be used on eczema or dry skin to retexturize it without irritating the skin. They're safe for everyone, including people with sensitive skin, rosacea, or eczema, because ultimately, PHAs are reparative ingredients. In fact, if your skin can’t tolerate AHAs at all but you really want to try a chemical exfoliant, PHAs are a terrific place to start.