DMP Definitions – Beta Hydroxy Acids

“Welcome back, welcome, welcome back!” To another post on DMP Definitions where I explain common skincare terminology in layman terms.

Last week the series looked at Alpha Hydroxy Acids and now onto the next letter of the Greek alphabet. The series continues today with you guessed it, BHA’s or Beta Hydroxy Acids.

What are their purpose, how to use them and benefits for you next!


BHA’s 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. They are typically a little more stronger than AHA’s aim to penetrate deep down into the pores to stop inflammation and unplug pores.

Common BHA’s Include:

Salicylic and Glycolic acid an ingredient more commonly found in acne treatments and topical lotions, creams and pads.

How to use in your routine:

Step 1. Cleanse (with cleanser or water)

Step 2. Exfoliate with physical (optional, with Deluxe Fiber Facial Cloth)

Step 3. Exfoliate with chemical BHA (alternate days in between chemical use, not advised to be used everyday)

Step 4. Apply serum/s (wrinkles, age spots or PIH)

Step 5. Spot treat if necessary

Step 6. Moisturise

Step 7. Add emollient to lock in hydration

Two of my favourite BHA’s recommendations.


If you have particularly oily skin then a BHA may be a good option to use as a chemical exfoliant. They aim to penetrate the pore at the follicle and release the toxic gunk build up that’s caused the eruption on your face, turn over skin cells and regulate oil production. If you have oily skin, please remember to still moisturize as you skin will need the boost of hydration as chemicals will lead to dryness eventually.

We hope you enjoyed this post on BHA’s and stay tuned for more by following our blog.

Remember to love your health!

Dee X