10 Skin Care Definitions You Ought To Know

Methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, benzalkonium chloride, yeah I’m not even going to try and pronounce those words. I don’t blame you if you try and can’t either!

However this got me thinking about other acronyms and their definitions that I use all over this blog and on my videos.

When I first got into skin care and researching all the beautiful ingredients that could benefit my skin, I was thrown into the deep ocean of words and things I had never heard of. AHA this and BHA that, what’s an HA or sphere?

Like you may be wondering what these common phrases and acronyms are, let me help you learn a thing or two 🙂

  1. AHA – Alpha Hydroxy Acid – Mix of natural and man made ingredients to remove and exfoliate the top layer of skin to reveal the better skin underneath. Helps with skin cell turn over.
  2. BHA – Beta Hydroxy Acid – Work much the same as Alpha’s however target the upper most layer of skin and the pores which can help if you suffer from constant breakouts and acne
  3. Comedogenic – Ingredients that plugs the pores at the hair follicles and creates breakouts
  4. Emollient – Protective layer that can be applied over the top of moisturizers to lock in more hydration
  5. Exfoliation – Process of removing dead skin cells from the surface of the skin
  6. HA – Hyaloronic Acid – Technically a moisturizing agent that keeps the skin plump and hydrated
  7. Moisture skin barrier – layer of skin that protects from bacteria and what you should keep the most hydrated for an optimum complexion
  8. PIH – Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation, brown, dark purple, red, pink spots or marks where the post trauma has occurred. Takes a while to fade depending on how fast your skin heals
  9. UVA – Rays cause aging and wrinkles going down deep into the skin causing premature aging and wrinkles
  10. UVB – Burn the skins surface and is the cause of skin cancers

That’s all for now folks. Any other words you’re unfamiliar with? Let me know in the comments below.

Remember to love your health!

Dee X

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